WESTFIELD, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team was defeated, 129-121, on the road by the Westfield State Owls on Saturday afternoon in a dual meet at Ely Pool. The Owls posted first place finishes in the first nine events of the meet to build an insurmountable lead for the Blue Jays to try and overcome.
Highlighting the meet for the Blue Jays was sophomore Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) and senior Raelynne Andrews (Bristol, Conn.). Alberino posted a New England Regional 'A' cut qualifying time in the 100-yard IM touching the wall with a time of 1:08.71, good for a first place finish int he event. Andrews also recorded a New England Regional qualifying time. She logged a 'B' cut qualifying mark in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:54.83 and finished second in the event.
The USJ 200-yard medley relay team of sophomores Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.), Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) and Alberino along with freshman Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.) opened the meet with a runner-up finish combining for a time of 2:07.77.
Latawiec snagged a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke in the fourth event of the afternoon after hitting the wall with a time of 1:08.04 and then posted a first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke turning in a time of 2:30.55.
Alberino recorded the second fastest time in the 50-yard butterfly with an impressive time of 31.04 and also finished third in the 50-yard freestyle touching the wall with a mark of 27.59.
On the diving board, senior Luz Holmes (East Hartford, Conn.) dove to a score of 153.25 across six dives from the 1-meter board for a second place result.
The loss drops the Blue Jays record to 1-3-1 in dual meet action on the season. They will return to action next on Friday, Jan. 27 in their final dual meet of the season on the road at Western New England beginning at 5 p.m.