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Women's Swimming & Diving

Bison cap regular-season home schedule with meet against Bridgewater (Va.)

Gallaudet women's swimmer Jessica Monroe swims in the 500-yard freestyle event in the Field House pool. She is in her lane in the pool swimming the freestyle stroke. Her right arm is out of the water as her head is sideways to breath.

WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's swimming and diving program lost its final home meet of the 2017-18 season Saturday afternoon in the Field House pool to Bridgewater (Va.) College, 187-65. The visiting Eagles (7-1) won 13 of the 14 events over the Bison (4-6).

Junior Alisia Metante (Pleasanton, Calif.) won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of one minute, 5.51 seconds, to lead Gallaudet. In her other two individual events, Metante set personal record times with third-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (29.48) and 500-yard freestyle (7:19.23).

Sophomore Jackie Perkins (Hampton, Va.) was second in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:17.41 and 3:02.84, respectively. Fellow sophomore Jessica Monroe (Senoia, Ga.) placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:30.08) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:21.79).

During the first break of the meet, Gallaudet paid tribute to its senior class. Head Coach Larry Curran honored senior Faye Frez-Albrecht (Canton, Conn.) and student-assistant Chelsea Newberry for their dedication and service to the program. Thanks to Frez-Albrecht's courage she turned a negative situation, being disqualified at the NEAC championships two years ago, and made a positive change to improve equal access for all swimmers. Last year, Gallaudet was able to use lights at the starting blocks to help with the start of events and a powerpoint to breakdown the communication barriers. These elements were used at the 2017 NEAC championships and last summer Frez-Albrecht, Curran and Gallaudet garnered national media attention for these ground-breaking changes to improve collegiate swimming.


  • Junior Jana Kiefer (Leander, Texas) was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle (14:21.09) and 200-yard butterfly (3:07.07)
  • Senior Katie Bigelow (Flushing, Mich.) was fourth in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events with times of 1:13.29 and 2:43.52, respectively
  • GU's top relay teams took third-place in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay events
  • There were no diving events


Women's Team                  
Event     Name     Old Time     New Time
50 freestyle     Alisia Metante     30.28     29.48
100 freestyle     Rochelle Carty-Bauman     1:20.48     1:19.22
200 backstroke     Jessica Monroe     3:06.91     3:02.21
200 breaststroke     Faye Frez-Albrecht     4:01.47     3:52.47
500 freestyle     Alisia Metante     7:20.30     7:19.23
500 freestyle     Alyssa Castillo     11:51.59     11:21.43

Gallaudet will wrap-up the regular-season schedule next Saturday, Jan. 20, against Stevenson University at 2:30 p.m. The meet will be held at nearby McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md.