COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Gallaudet University’s women’s swimming and diving team took home a fourth place finish at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships on Sunday. Wells College celebrated its second straight NEAC women’s title with a total of 534 points. Cazenovia College came in second with 480 points, followed by College of Saint Elizabeth (348), Gallaudet (280) and host SUNY Cobleskill (236).
Gallaudet had two swimmers place in the top three for the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) and junior Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif). Giles finished second touching the wall in 2:57.71, Farr finished third at 3:01.32. Cazenovia College’s Laura Krasniqi finished first in the event with a time of 2:41.90.
GU had four swimmers in the 1,650-yard freestyle including; freshmen Brianna Stroud-Williams (Tucker, Ga.), senior Brittany Turner (Palmdale, Calif.), senior Emily Harrison (Brewster, Mass.) and senior Jennifer Hagerty (West Chester, Pa.) they finished seventh, eighth, ninth and 11th, respectively, with times of 24:34.52, 24:51.41, 26:08.57 and 31:26.44.
Freshman Marla Rabenstein (Altoona, Pa.) came in eighth place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 4:04.47. Freshman Liv Polzin (Frederick, Md.) finished 10th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:07.79.
Freshman Paige Foreman (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior Lisa van der Mark (Mijnsheerenland, The Netherlands) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 butterfly with times of 3:38.35 and 4:01.41.
Gallaudet had two teams compete in the 400 freestyle relay event to complete the three-day championship event. The team consisting of Stroud-Williams, Turner, Giles and Polzin finished fifth with a time of 4:37.05 while the team of Foreman, van der Mark, Rabenstein and Harrison were 10th at 5:29.64.
The Bison program says farewell to four seniors on this year's rosters as Hagerty, Harrison, Olivia Malcolm (St. Augustine, Fla.) and Turner swam in their final collegiate meet.