WASHINGTON, D.C. – It was an emotional ‘Senior Day’ on Sunday at the Field House pool as the Gallaudet University women’s swim team celebrated one final victory together with one of its deepest senior classes under Coach Bill Snape, now in his seventh season at the helm.
Gallaudet (5-6) defeated Hollins University 144-91 and lost 151-88 to Marymount (Va.) University in a double dual meet as Gallaudet President Alan Hurwitz and company looked on. Marymount completed the sweep with a 146-76 win over Hollins. The Saints won 11 of the 14 events overall. In the Bison win, Gallaudet took nine of the 14 events against Hollins.
Senior Carlisle Robinson (Carmel, Ind.) won the 200-yard butterfly against both teams with a time of 2:28.62. Robinson was first in the 100 butterfly (1:06.08) and 200 freestyle (2:11.41) against Hollins. She was also a member of the 200 medley relay team (2:12.68) that took first against Hollins and was second to Marymount. Seniors Misella Tomita (Kahului, Hawaii), Katie Day (St. Elmo, Ill.) and sophomore Tong Song (Beijing, China) were the other members of that relay team for GU.
Tomita was first in the 200 backstroke against Hollins with a time of 2:43.51 while Day was first in the 100 freestyle (1:07.69) followed by senior Rachel Steingieser (New Market, Md.) against Hollins. Song took first in three different individual events against Hollins including 100 breaststroke (1:21.04), 200 IM (2:43.84) and 200 breaststroke (2:54.17).
It was fitting that for the last event of the women’s double dual meet Snape assigned four seniors to participate in the 200 freestyle relay. Kayla Castro (Tucson, Ariz.), Kate Johnson (Lake Alexander, Minn.), Day and Steingieser closed out the meet with a third-place showing overall as they touched the wall in 2:01.53. In addition to the aforementioned seniors the program also recognized senior Jennifer Hagerty (West Chester, Pa.) for their efforts and dedication during their careers at Gallaudet.
GU will now have three weeks to prepare for the NEAC championships on February 18-20 hosted by SUNY Cobleskill.