Polivanchuk sets records on second day of NEAC swim championships, Bison eye podium finish

Polivanchuk sets records on second day of NEAC swim championships, Bison eye podium finish

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Four teams will enter the third and final day of the 2012 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women’s swimming and diving championships only separated by 32.5 points, as three points separate first and second place and 11 between third and fourth. Gallaudet University, the defending NEAC champions, will need to have a strong Sunday if the Bison hope of repeating but a podium finish is definitely within reach for the young squad.

Wells College leads after two days with 307.5 team points followed by the host Wildcats from Cazenovia College with 304.5 points, SUNY Cobleskill (286), Gallaudet (275) and College of St. Elizabeth (176).

Freshman phenom Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) broke the NEAC record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.46. The old mark was set a year ago by former Bison Carlisle Robinson (1:04.21). Polivanchuk set a team record in the 50 backstroke as she swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay. She touched the wall in 29.86 seconds as sophomore Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.) dove in. The new team record erases Stephanie Danner’s time of 30.06 that was set in 2004. Junior Brittany Turner (Palmdale, Calif.) and freshman Tandy Lewis (Frederick, Md.) completed the relay as the Bison placed fourth overall (2:09.56) in the tightly contested race.

Farr was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:21.64 followed by junior teammate Tong Song (Beijing, China) as she finished sixth overall (1:24.59).

The Bison were third in the final event of the evening, the 800 freestyle relay, as GU clocked in at 9:49.15. The team was comprised of Turner, Lewis, sophomore Esther Drake (Springfield, Va.) and Polivanchuk. SUNY Cobleskill smashed the conference championship record in this event by 13 seconds with a new record time of 9:13.40.  

Gallaudet heads into the final day of events which will include the mile swim, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the final event the 400 freestyle relay.

The teams will swim in the preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the final events will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Note: Fans can follow the 2012 NEAC men’s and women’s swimming championships online at liveweb.cazenovia.edu and click on DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP. Please note you must be using Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player 10.