KINGSTON, R.I. – University of Saint Joseph swimmer Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) broke a school freshman record and finished 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the University of Rhode Island.
Masayda's morning run of one minute, 13.31 seconds qualified her for Saturday's finals and broke the program's oldest record of 1:14.35, set by Rebecca Reese on Feb. 20, 1999. Masayda was three months short of her second birthday at the time. She then turned in a 1:14.32 effort in the evening finals for the 12th place finish, the top individual finish so far for the Blue Jays at the three-day meet.
Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) was clocked at 1:05.66 in the 100 backstroke in the morning preliminaries, which earned her a trip to the evening finals (top 16) in that event and came within 36 one-hundredths of a second of the 2003 freshman and school records of Stephanie Taylor. Latawiec's 1:06.02 finals performance earned her a 14th place finish. Rachel Mauthe (East Lyme, Conn.) had her best 1000 freestyle time of the year with 12:03.08 and finished 24th.
Masayda, Latawiec, Mauthe and Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) teamed to finish 11th in the 100 medley relay final, marking the best finish in any event for USJ so far.
The four swimmers are representing USJ at the annual event which runs through Sunday. The Blue Jays have earned 120.5 points in two days and are in 16th place at the team competition.