MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women’s swimming dual meet between Gallaudet University and the host Eagles from College of St. Elizabeth came down to the final relay on Saturday. The two teams entered the final event knotted at 44 apiece but by a hundredth of a second the Eagles edged the Bison to win 51-44.
Gallaudet won four of the 11 events as freshman Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) continued to rack up first-place victories as she won the 400 IM with a time of 5:14.7 and took first in the 100 backstroke (1:06.8). Junior Brittany Turner (Palmdale, Calif.) was first in the 500 freestyle (7:06.6) and was a member of the 400 medley relay team that won in 5:39.2. She was joined by sophomore Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.), Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.) and freshman Tandy Lewis (Frederick, Md.).
The final relay was won by the Eagles with a time of 2:06.7 while GU clocked in at 2:06.8. The Bison relay team consisted of Gleason, Lewis, senior Danielle Koplitz (Eau Claire, Wis.) and freshman Carol Lynn (Gardner, Kan.).
Gallaudet wasn’t able to utilize its depth against St. Elizabeth since St. Joseph’s Hall only has four swimming lanes so each team could only enter two swimmers per event. The Bison were also without the services of junior Tong Song (Beijing, China).
“We swam well all things considered,” said Gallaudet coach Bill Snape. “As disappointing as losing the meet on the last relay is, it will only fuel our fire for the upcoming NEAC championships. Watch out for the Bison as this team is peaking at the right time! We have a tough and talented group of swimmers that can contend for the championship.”
Gallaudet, the defending NEAC champions, will travel to Cazenovia, N.Y., in two weeks for the conference championships that start on Feb. 17 and run until Feb. 19.