Taras Polakoff
Taras Polakoff
Year: So.
Hometown: Orange County, Calif.
High School: Sage Hill School
Position: Back/Free/Fly

Career Achievements

• School-record holder in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke
• Part of program records in the 400 medley relay
• 2019 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference

Career Highlights

2018-19: As a sophomore, appeared in 12 of 13 meets…competed primarily in the backstroke in addition to taking part in freestyle, butterfly and IM events…set two individual school records and was part of another program mark in the relays…finished first in three races, posted nine second-place results and added a trio of third-place showings…came in first in the 200 back and second in the 200 free in a win over UMass Dartmouth on October 27…placed second in the 100 back and 200 back against WPI and Brandeis on November 2…was the runner-up in the 50 back and 200 IM in a sweep of Norwich and Regis on November 10…won the 200 back and came in third in the 100 back in a victory over Springfield on November 11…placed ninth in the A final of the 200 back and finished third in the B final of the 100 back at WPI’s Gompei Invitational on December 1-2…touched the wall first in the 200 IM against Coast Guard on January 10…placed second in the 100 back in a win over Wheaton on January 12…came in third in the 200 back at Bentley on January 15…was second in the 100 butterfly in a win over Gordon on January 19…was the runner-up in the 50 back and 50 butterfly in a victory over Bridgewater State on February 2…set a new school record in the prelims (52.43) and finished third in the B final of the 100 back, and recorded a new program mark (1:54.96) and placed third in the B final of the 200 back at the NEWMAC Championships on February 22-24…also recorded career-best times in the 50 back (25.38) and 200 IM (1:59.11), where he finished ninth in the B final.

2017-18: As a first-year, competed in all 13 meets…competed primarily in the backstroke…recorded four wins, two runner-up finishes and four third-place results…touched the wall first in both the 100 back and 200 back in his collegiate debut against UMass Dartmouth on October 28…finished second in the 50 back against Regis and Norwich on November 11…won the 200 back against Clark on November 18…came in eighth in the A final with a time of 26.10 in the 50 back and recorded his top time of the year (57.90) in the 100 IM at WPI’s Gompei Invitational on December 2-3…placed third in the 100 back and 200 back against Springfield on January 7...posted a season-best time of 31.55 to finish third in the 50 breast and recorded a season-best time of 25.13 in the 50 fly against Gordon on January 20…won the 200 back at Bridgewater State on February 3…finished fifth in the B final of both events and posted season-best times in the 100 back (53.72), 200 back (1:59.26) and 200 free (1:47.73) to lead off the 800 free relay at the NEWMAC Championships on February 23-25.

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