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Gallaudet's Jackie Perkins repeats as NEAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Gallaudet women's swimmer Jackie Perkins (center) extends her right hand after the end of her swimming race to shake the right hand of the opponent swimmer (far left). Perkins smiles towards her opponent. A NEAC logo is in the lower right hand corner.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its conference student-athlete of the week awards for the week of Jan. 23 and Gallaudet University sophomore Jackie Perkins (Hampton, Va.) was selected as the NEAC Women's Swimmer of the Week for the second straight week.

Perkins placed first in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events last Saturday with times of 34.83 and 1:16.56, respectively. Perkins also placed second in the 50-yard butterfly, finishing less than one second behind the race leader with a time of 32.98. She also competed on the 200-yard medley relay team that placed second as the Bison dropped their non-conference meet to Stevenson.

It was a clean sweep for the Gallaudet swimming program, for a second straight week, as freshman Benjam Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) was selected as the NEAC Men's Swimmer of the Week for a fourth time this season. He set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a final time of 1:04.46. Sealts also finished first in the 100-yard individual medley and second in the 100-yard butterfly. In addition to his individual performances, Sealts was a member of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team that posted a time of 2:01.62 as GU defeated Stevenson, 136-53.

This is Gallaudet women's swimming and diving program's second NEAC Swimmer of the Week honor this season and Perkins' second career NEAC award.

Gallaudet will next prepare for the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference championship which will be held Feb. 16-18 in Cobleskill, N.Y. The Bison finished fifth in last year's conference championship.

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