WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University swimming and diving program would like to show their appreciation to Alexandra Polivanchuk for her dedication to the swimming program as a student-athlete and an assistant coach for the past four years. Polivanchuk is leaving the program to return to her homeland of Sweden to take a new job as project manager for deaf education. Polivanchuk's last meet with the program was Nov. 21 against Cedar Crest.
Polivanchuck made her Gallaudet debut in January 2012 and won her first three events. She went on to help the Bison women's team place third at the 2012 conference championships where she was named North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women's Swimmer of the Year. At the NEAC championships she had two first-place finishes, set three conference records and two program records.
Through her three-year career she was named NEAC Swimmer of the Week five times, earned 11 first-team honors, one second-team honor and three third-team honors. During the 2013-14 season she was a member of a relay team that broke a 20-year-old Gallaudet record. Polivanchuk currently holds four individual school records and four team relay records.
As an assistant coach, she effectively motivated the men's and women's teams and engaged with many new swimmers and raised their enthusiasm. She was a significant factor in the dramatic time drops the swimmers have experienced in meets so far this year.
"She has a unique combination of skill, enthusiasm and leadership ability," said Gallaudet coach Larry Curran. "She will be missed by team members and coaches alike. We send her off with the best wishes in her future endeavors."
SCHOOL RECORDS STILL HELD BY ALEXANDRA POLIVANCHUK
|50-yard butterfly||Alexandra Polivanchuk
||27.72||Feb. 15, 2014|
|50-yard breaststroke||Alexandra Polivanchuk
||34.19||Oct. 20, 2012|
|100-yard breaststroke||Alexandra Polivanchuk||1:12.55||Oct. 20, 2012|
|200-yard IM||Alexandra Polivanchuk||2:19.19||Feb. 17, 2012|
|200-yard freestyle relay||Alexandra Polivanchuk
|1:47.87||Feb. 14, 2014|
|400-yard freestyle relay||Anna Polivanchuk
|3:54.35||Feb. 16, 2014|
|200-yard medley relay||Anna Polivanchuk
|1:58.12||Feb. 15, 2014|
|400-yard medley relay||Anna Polivanchuk
|4:24.46||Feb. 14, 2014|