WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University women’s swimming team is coming off an improved 2009-10 season in which it won an additional three games from its 2008-09 season. This season seventh-year coach Bill Snape will lead a team that has five seniors to act as its anchor, including two-time Deaflympian and 2008 Bison Female Athlete of the Year Carlisle Robinson (Carmel, Ind.). Seniors Misella Tomita (Kahului, Hawaii), Katie Day (St. Elmo, Ill.), Rachel Steingieser (New Market, Md.), and Katie Johnson (Lake Alexander, Minn.) look to provide veteran experience to a team full of underclassmen. Key newcomers include freshmen Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.), Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.), and Karin Stoyko (Santa Clara, Calif.) among others.
Coach Snape fully believes that this team is deep with a rich team spirit.
“We have the ingredients to be very good. Heading into our first meet, this appears to be our best team in history between the talent and depth,” said Snape.
His goals for this season include breaking every relay record on the books, which is no small feat, along with having a winning dual meet season with the women’s team for the first time since the 1990-91 season. Finally, Coach Snape would also like to compete for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) swimming championship in February 2011 in Cobleskill, N.Y. This is Gallaudet’s first season in the NEAC after spending 20 years in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). The Bison placed sixth at the CAC championships last season.
The Bison will host an abundance of meets this season beginning with a homecoming weekend matchup against Frostburg State University on October 29 at 6 p.m. The teams then head to St. Mary’s (Md.) College on November 6 for a double dual meet against St. Mary’s and Goucher. A home event vs. SUNYIT on November 13 breaks up another double dual meet against York (Pa.) College and Penn St.-Altoona at York on December 3. The Bison then complete the season with five of its last six meets at home: Buff and Blue Meet (Dec. 11), College of St. Elizabeth (Jan. 23), College of Notre Dame (Jan. 26), and double dual meets vs. Hollins University and Marymount (Va.) University (Jan. 30). The Bison also have an away contest at Hood College on January 22. The NEAC Championships then run from Feb. 18-20 at Cobleskill, N.Y., where Cazenovia College looks to defend its 2009 championship.