WASHINGTON - For the second time in two weeks, Gallaudet University women's swimming rising senior Faye Frez-Albrecht will be featured in a national newspaper's sports section. The Washington Post released its story titled 'It makes me feel equal': A deaf Gallaudet swimmer pushes NCAA to change rules, adopt technology on Thursday afternoon.
Washington Post reporter Marissa Payne wrote the story after interviewing Frez-Albrecht and Gallaudet swimming coach Larry Curran back at the start of the month.
The story focuses on Frez-Albrecht and Gallaudet's efforts, along with Reaction Light Systems, to level the playing field when it comes to starting collegiate swimming events using lights.
Payne reached out to the NCAA and Nick Santino, owner of Reaction Lights of New York LLC, who along with Innovation One at Trine University has helped to create and manufacture the Reaction Light Systems.
Two weeks ago, USA Today featured Frez-Albrecht on the front cover of the sports section with its story Deaf swimmer shines light on technology that could change future of the sport (July 14).
These stories come on the heels of the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approving, last month, the use of lights or a lighting system in addition to hand signals used for the start of races involving deaf and hard of hearing swimmers.