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Polivanchuk sisters set the pace for Gallaudet women's swimming at NEAC championships on Day 2

Polivanchuk sisters set the pace for Gallaudet women's swimming at NEAC championships on Day 2

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Day 2 of the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) swimming and diving championships hosted by Cazenovia College concluded Saturday night and the Gallaudet University women’s team remain in second place with 283 points, behind defending champion Wells College (316 team points). Behind GU are SUNY Cobleskill (253), College of Saint Elizabeth (250), Cazenovia College (209) and Cedar Crest College (91).

After breaking the NEAC and Gallaudet record on Day 1 of the championships, the Bison 200-yard medley relay team of junior Anna Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden), freshman Thyra Wood (Great Falls, Mont.) and seniors Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) opened the second day of competition with more records. The relay team crushed the old school record of 2:04.36 (set in 2005) with a blazing time of 1:58.12 in the finals. The four Bison swimmers had broken the record originally in preliminaries with a time of 2:02.32.

The Polivanchuk sisters were able to improve on their impressive performance yesterday as both Alexandra and Anna took home first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:02.35) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.62), respectively. Anna's backstroke time is a new school record replacing Stephanie Danner's time of 1:03.47 set in 2004. Anna broke the school mark in prelims with a time of 1:03.03 before swimming faster in the finals. Alexandra's 50-yard butterfly split was clocked at 27.72 a new school record.

The 800 freestyle relay team of Giles, Wood, freshman Molly Verseput (Upland, Calif.) and sophomore Paige Foreman (Albuquerque, N.M.) placed fifth (9:41.06), good for 20 team points.

The final six events will take place Sunday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the finals at 5 p.m. The events consist of the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 fly, one meter dive and the 400 freestyle relay.