WASHINGTON, D.C. – Freshman Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) had quite the debut for the Gallaudet University women’s swimming team on Saturday as she won three events as the Bison lost a close dual meet with Hood College, 104-99. This was the final home meet of the regular-season for the Bison and marked the last time seniors Jessica Buckwalter (Palmyra, Mo.), Kinna Franklin and Emily Stemper (Harrisonburg, Va.) swam for the buff and blue at the Field House Pool.
“Emily, Kinna and Jessica all swam well and did the University proud with their performances today and during their careers here as Bison,” said Gallaudet swimming head coach Bill Snape.
While the meet marked Senior Day for the Bison trio it was a freshman that took center stage with three wins. Polivanchuk set a new school record in the 100-yard IM when she won the event in 1:04.69. Her time eclipsed the time set by Carlisle Robinson (1:05.75) set in 2008. This is the first new school record for the women’s swimming program in two seasons. Polivanchuk also won the 100 butterfly (1:04.63) and the 100 backstroke (1:07.01) events.
Stemper was apart of the first-place 200 freestyle relay team that won in 1:59.28. The senior was joined by junior Brittany Turner (Palmdale, Calif.) and sophomores Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.) and Emily Harrison (Brewster, Mass.). Stemper placed third in the 500 freestyle (7:41.91) and was fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:51.47). Franklin swam on the second-place 200 freestyle relay team on Saturday while Buckwalter placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:54.04).
GU won five of the 11 events as the Bison led off with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (2:15.74) which included Gleason, sophomore Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.), junior Tong Song (Beijing, China) and freshman Tandy Lewis (Frederick, Md.).
Lewis placed second in the 50 freestyle (29.10 seconds) and third in the 100 freestyle (1:07.46) while Song recorded two third-place finishes in the 200 freestyle (2:32.97) and 100 breaststroke (1:22.79).
Gallaudet’s women’s swim team will travel to Baltimore on Wednesday to swim against College of Notre Dame (Md.) in another non-conference dual meet set to start at 6 p.m.