WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University women’s swimming team made a huge splash in its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) debut Saturday at the Field House pool as the Bison defeated SUNYIT 162-18.
The Bison (2-2, 1-0 NEAC) moved to the NEAC this past summer after 20 years in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), where GU was one of the original founding members of the conference.
Gallaudet won all 11 scoring events and took first and second place in 10 of them. The Bison had several swimmers win or place in multiple individual events.
Senior Carlisle Robinson (Carmel, Ind.) won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:13.43 to edge out fellow teammate sophomore Tong Song (Beijing, China) who touched the wall less than two seconds behind Robinson at 1:15.08. Freshman Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.) was third in the event (1:21.22). Robinson also took home first-place honors in the 200 individual medley (2:41.21). Once again, Robinson was pursued by Song who was right behind her at 2:43.02.
Senior Misella Tomita (Kahului, Hawaii) won the 200 freestyle (2:28.08) and the 200 backstroke (2:47.28). It was in the 200 free that SUNYIT took second place. The Wildcats earned points in six events.
Senior Kate Johnson (Lake Alexander, Minn.) was first in the 1,000 freestyle as she won in 14:15.06 which was 10 seconds faster than fellow senior Kayla Castro (Tucson, Ariz.). The duo also earned second place honors later in the meet. Johnson finished second in the 200 backstroke (3:01.83) behind Tomita and Castro was second in the 500 freestyle (7:01.33) behind senior Katie Day (St. Elmo, Ill.) who won in 6:54.70.
Gallaudet’s other two first-place winners were senior Rachel Steingieser (New Market, Md.) in the 100 freestyle (1:10.12) and sophomore Randi Medugno (Fremont, Calif.) in the 50 freestyle (33.87). Medugno just beat fellow sophomore Maggie Hoyt (Norway, Maine) who touched the wall in 35.07 seconds.
In addition to the individual events the Bison swept the two relay events as GU finished first and second in both with two sets of teams.
The 200-yard medley relay was won by juniors Karin Stoyko (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Amanda Lyndaker (Croghan, N.Y.) along with Day and freshman Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.) with a time of 2:49.63. The 400 freestyle relay was won by Robinson, Tomita, Gleason and Day with a time of 4:32.73. Day finished the meet with three first-place finishes.
Gallaudet is off for three weeks and will next swim in York, Pa., on Friday, December 3, against Penn St.-Altoona and the host York (Pa.) College Spartans, former CAC rivals, in a double dual meet that will begin at 6 p.m.