FROSTBURG, Md. – The 2011-12 season got underway for the Gallaudet University women’s swimming team on Saturday as the Bison hit the road to Frostburg, Md., to take on the host Bobcats and Davis and Elkins College in a double dual meet. Gallaudet (1-1) began its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) title defense and earned a split as they defeated Davis and Elkins 122-33 and lost 116-53 to Frostburg.
Gallaudet’s 200 medley relay team of sophomores Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.), Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.) and Brittany Turner and Tandy Lewis (Frederick, Md.) won in 2:34.69 to edge Frostburg who touched the wall in 2:34.99.
Senior Jennifer Hagerty (West Chester, Pa.) was second in the 800 meter freestyle as she finished in 16 minutes, 41 seconds. Farr placed second in the 400 meter IM with a time of 6:51.03 followed by Gleason in third at 7:47.15. Farr also took second in the 100 meter backstroke in one minute, 34 seconds.
The Bison had a nice showing in the 400 meter freestyle relay as the team of Esther Drake, junior Randi Medugno (Fremont, Calif.), junior Brandi McGowan (Front Royal, Va.) and Hannah Wheatcroft finished second to Frostburg with a time of 5:54.84.
The Bison will next swim in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday, October 29, against Hollins University and Greensboro College in a double dual meet.