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CAC Championships: Bison finish sixth overall as seniors take a final bow

CAC Championships: Bison finish sixth overall as seniors take a final bow

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The 2009-10 swimming season came to a close for the Gallaudet University women's team on Sunday evening on the campus of St. Mary's (Md.) College, the site of the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference championships. The Bison finished sixth overall out of seven teams with 151 points. University of Mary Washington, the only champion the CAC has had in women's swimming, won its 20th straight title with an astounding 926.5 points. The Eagles were nearly 300 points ahead of second-place St. Mary's (628.5 points) while Marymount (Va.) University (470), York (Pa.) College (415) and Salisbury University (362) round out the top five. Hood College finished seventh with 129 points.

Gallaudet had seven swimmers, between the men's and women's teams, compete in a CAC championship finals evening for the first time in program history. Three of those swimmers were from the women's team.

Junior Carlisle Robinson (Carmel, Ind.) led the way with a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:22.11. Last season, Robinson finished second overall with a time of 2:11.38 to earn all-conference honors. The top three finishers of each event receive All-CAC accolades. St. Mary's Kelly Heyde won the event in 2:09.39. If Robinson could had duplicated her time from 2009 she would had finished second once more.

Fellow junior Misella Tomita (Kahului, Hawaii) finished 12th in the 200-yard backstroke as she touched the wall in 2:40.04. York (Pa.) College sophomore Heather Maclennan won the race in 2:07.37.

Freshman Tong Song (Beijing, China) placed 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:50.59. UMW's Megan DeSmit won the race in 2:23.74. A swimmer must finish in the Top 16 spots to earn team points for their respective team. Sophomore Katie Johnson (Lake Alexander, Minn.) just missed out on earning a team point in the 1,650-yard freestyle as she finished 17th overall (23:26.39).

The final event of the evening featured the 400-yard freestyle relay. Gallaudet's team consisted of Tomita, Song along with seniors Rachel Steingieser (New Market, Md.) and Katie Day (St. Elmo, Ill.), who swam for the last time for the Bison. Gallaudet finished seventh with a time of 4:17.05.

At the conclusion of the championships the 2009-10 CAC Awards were announced and UMW's Sarah Crockett took home Swimmer of the Year honors as she was a part of seven first-place finishes over the three-day weekend for the Eagles. Two years before Crockett was named Rookie of the Year. Heyde from the host Seahawks earned this year's Rookie of the Year honors. UMW coach Matt Sellman was selected as the Coach of the Year.

2010 CAC Swimming Championships