BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team finished fourth at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championships that concluded Sunday at the Holmes Sports Center at Simmons College.
USJ entered the second of the two-day competition in fourth and retained their spot on the strength of a number of upper echelon finishes. Luz Holmes (East Hartford, Conn.) earned key points with second-place finishes in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving.
Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) continued an excellent weekend by finishing third in the 50-yard backstroke and fourth in the 100 back. Other top USJ finishes Sunday were turned in by Rachel Mauthe (East Lyme, Conn.) who was sixth in the 1650 free, Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.), sixth in the 100 individual medley and Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.), seventh in the 100IM.
Simmons dominated the team scoring, totaling more than the next three teams combined and won its 12th consecutive league title. The Sharks had 1,194 points, followed by St. Joseph's of Maine with 402 and Regis with 399. USJ was fourth at 390, followed by Husson (370), Elms (251) and Norwich (229).
Latawiec, who was second Saturday in the 200 back, earned a team-best 76.5 points on the weekend for the Blue Jays, while Masayda had 65.5 and Mauthe finished with 58.5. In all, 15 team members earned points for St. Joseph.
The Blue Jays also earned a number of New England Meet qualifiers over the weekend; Masayda: 50 breast, 100 breast (A), 100 IM, 50 free (B); Latawiec: 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM (all A); Mauthe: 1650 free (A), 500 free (B); Alberino: 50 free, 100 free, 100 IM, 100 breast (all B).
USJ will have its winter training at Deerfield Beach, Fla. Jan. 4-11. The Blue Jays first competition of the spring semester is Jan. 16, 2016 in a 1 p.m. dual meet at Plymouth State.