WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – University of Saint Joseph freshman Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) finished in the top ten in four events Friday to finish eighth overall as the swimming and diving team hosted the annual USJ Blue Jay Pentathlon Friday at the Bruyette Natatorium.
USJ, Eastern, Conn., Rhode Island College and Western New England University competed in the event, which uses the combined times of five 100-yard races (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley) to determine individual standings.
Mollee Lasto (Orange, Conn.) of Eastern was the individual winner. She won the backstroke (1:05.80) and IM (1:09.31) and had a total winning time of 5:46.21. Erika Sheinhait (Framingham, Mass.) of Western New England won the butterfly (1:07.04) and freestyle (59.88) and was second overall in 5:51.58. Sydney Curran (N. Kingstown, R.I.) of R.I. College won the breaststroke (1:15.20) and was third overall at 5:58.83.
Latawiec had her best showing in the backstroke (third in 1:08.98) and was ninth in the IM and 10th in the breaststroke and freestyle. Her 6:08.98 total was good for eighth in a field of 47 total competitors, 32 of whom competed in all five events to qualify for Pentathlon honors.
Eastern Conn. won the team competition with 270 points, followed by Western New England (143), USJ (85) and RIC (30).
Three relays were also held (200 free, 200 medley, 400 free), which were swept by Eastern, with Lasto swimming a leg on two of them. The St. Joseph team of Latawiec, Nguyen, Sarana and Alberino was third in 200 free relay.
USJ next competes in a dual meet at Western Conn., Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.