BALTIMORE – The Gallaudet University women’s swimming team ran into a very tough Notre Dame of Maryland University squad on the road Wednesday as the Gators won 68-53 at the LeClerc Pool.
Gallaudet (3-9) won five of the 14 events as freshman Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) had a hand in four of the five first-place finishes. Polivanchuk won three individual events and swam the anchor leg of the 160-yard freestyle relay. Her time of 1:01.69 in the 100 butterfly almost broke the GU program mark but it did set a pool record. She placed first in the 200 butterfly (2:29.18) and 1,000 freestyle (12:11.72). Her teammates on the relay included junior Brittany Turner (Palmdale, Calif.), sophomore Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.) and freshman Tandy Lewis (Frederick, Md.) as the Bison quartet finished in 1:33.22.
Junior Tong Song (Beijing, China) won the 160 IM in 2:09.66 and was second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:21.56 and 2:54.94, respectively. Song was also on the second-place 160 medley relay (1:48.12) along with Gleason, sophomore Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.) and senior Danielle Koplitz (Eau Claire, Wis.).
Gleason had two individual finishes as she helped to earn GU team points in the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 1:20.78 and 2:53.12, respectively. Farr was second in the 160 IM, behind Song, as she touched the wall in 2:15.50 while she placed third in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:22.40 and 3:05.34, respectively. Lewis was second in the 100 freestyle (1:12.50) and third in the 40 freestyle (23.55 seconds) and 200 freestyle (2:46.19).
The Gators improved their overall record to 4-3 with the win as Notre Dame won nine events.
Gallaudet will be off this weekend before the Bison travel to College of St. Elizabeth on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. for a North Eastern Athletic Conference dual meet.