ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The 2010 Capital Athletic Conference women's swimming championships got underway on Friday as Gallaudet University sits in sixth place after the first five events held on the campus of St. Mary's (Md.) College. The Bison accumulated 56 points, six ahead of seventh-place Hood College, and trails fifth-place Salisbury University by 38. University of Mary Washington won four of the first five events and sits in first-place with 288 points. The Eagles have won every CAC championship (19 total) since the conference started.
Due to the Blizzard of 2010 the Friday morning preliminaries were wiped out to allow the six traveling teams more time to travel safely to St. Mary's City, Md., for the three-day championships. The day began at 4 p.m. with timed finals.
Gallaudet finished sixth in the two relays of the day to earn 26 points apiece for the Bison. The day began with the 200-yard freestyle relay as GU finished with a time of 1:53.00 flat. The team consisted of seniors Katie Day (St. Elmo, Ill.) and Rachel Steingieser (New Market, Md.) and juniors Carlisle Robinson (Carmel, Ind.) and Misella Tomita (Kahului, Hawaii).
Robinson finished 13th overall in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) just 15 seconds behind the first-place mark set by St. Mary's freshman Kelly Heyde (2:08.14). Robinson clocked in at 2:23.88. A swimmer needs to finish in the top 16 to earn team points. All relays earn points for teams that finish.
GU sophomore Kate Johnson (Lake Alexander, Minn.) was 25th in the 500-yard freestyle (6:46.90) while Bison seniors Day and Steingieser were 30th (29.02 seconds) and 32nd (29.46 seconds), respectively, in the 50-yard free. The day ended with the 400-yard medley relay where the Bison finished with a time of 4:43.07 to edge out Hood (4:50.12) but were just shy of fifth-place Salisbury (4:20.78). The team consisted of Tomita, Robinson, Day and freshman Tong Song (Beijing, China).
The second day of the championships will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow with the preliminaries followed by the finals round at 6 p.m.
2010 CAC Swimming Championships