WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team fell to the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, 155-111, this past Monday night in its final home meet of the 2016-17 season inside Bruyette Natatorium. Prior to the meet the Blue Jays honored their three seniors, Raelynne Andrews (Bristol, Conn.), Luz Holmes (East Hartford, Conn.) and Lillian McKenzie (Rocky Hill, Conn.) as they swam in their final home meet of their careers.
USJ opened the meet with a runner-up finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:07.90. The foursome of sophomores Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.), Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) and Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) along with freshman Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.) combined for the time.
Latawiec followed up her performance as the lead swimmer in the relay with a third place result in the 200-yard free, touching the wall with a time of 2:16.33.
Freshman Leah Verrillo posted a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke in her first time contesting in the event with a time of 1:17.99, while Andrews followed with a third place result in the next event, the 100-yard breaststroke. Andrews completed the race with a time of 1:23.92.
McKenzie recorded the fastest time for the Blue Jays in the sixth event, the 100-yard butterfly. She swam to a time of 1:21.02 for a third place overall finish.
In her first time contesting in the 50-yard freestyle, Masayda was barely edged out for first place by ECSU's junior Bridgett Furlong (Mansfield, Conn.). Masayda touched the wall at the 28.16 mark, while Furlong snuck in just ahead of her at 27.73.
In the 100-yard free Houghtaling was slotted third after turning in a time of 1:05.07 and then in the 200-yard backstroke Latawiec posted a second place finish with mark of 2:28.79.
Andrews notched her second third place finish of the meet in the 200-yard breaststroke when she touched the wall in 2:58.44 and then Alberino followed with the second fastest time in the 50-yard fly coming in at 32.47.
Masayada wrapped things up with the third fastest time in the 100-yard IM and then USJ's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Verrillo, Houghtaling, Alberino, and Latawiec finished second in the final event of the night with a time of 1:56.59.
On the diving board, Holmes posted scores of 147.30 and then improved to 181.40 across two separate 1-meter diving sessions on the evening.
The USJ swimming and diving team will return to action next on Saturday, Jan. 21 when they travel to Westfield State for a 1 p.m. meet.