BOSTON, Mass. – University of Saint Joseph freshman Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) finished second in the 200 backstroke Saturday to lead a group of strong performances as the USJ swimming and diving team competed at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships.
The second-place finish was the best on the day for USJ at Day 1 of the two-day competition. Latawiec timed in at a solid 2:27.26, but Regis' Jessica Higgins, the defending champion in the event, broke her own meet record with a 2:15.08. Latawiec also placed sixth in the 200 individual medley.
Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) also made a splash in her debut championships, finishing fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Rachel Mauthe (East Lyme, Conn.) scored key points for the Blue Jays with a sixth-place finish in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 100 butterfly.
The USJ 400 medley relay team of Latowiec, Mauthe, Masayda and Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) finished fourth.
St. Joseph is in fourth place in the team standings through Saturday. Simmons leads with 571 points, followed by St. Joseph's of Maine (226), Regis (208), USJ (190), Husson (172), Elms (161) and Norwich (130).
The meet concludes Sun. Dec. 6.