DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team logged 11 individual top-10 finishes at the sixth annual Louise Goodrum Invitational hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays were led by junior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) who posted a runner-up finish in the 50 breast and a third place result in the 100 breast at the non-scored meet.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The USJ 200 medley relay team of juniors Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.), Masayda, and Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.) combined for a fifth place finish to open up the meet with a time of 2:04.18.
- Alberino recorded the first top-10 finish of the day for USJ with a ninth place finish out of 33 swimmers in the 200 free after swimming to a personal-best time of 2:13.73 in the event.
- Latawiec followed with a podium swim in the 50 back taking bronze out of 38 swimmers after touching the wall with a time of 31.05.
- In the 50 breast, Masayda registered her runner-up finish with a time of 34.03 to post the best result of the afternoon for the Blue Jays.
- Out of 54 swimmers to compete in the 50 free, Alberino locked down a 10th place finish when she touched the wall at the 28.32 timestamp.
- Latawiec posted her second top-10 individual finish of the meet with a fourth place result out of 29 swimmers in the 100 back. She finished with a time of 1:08.60.
- Masayda would find herself on the podium once again after swimming to a third place finish in the 100 breast. She turned in a time of 1:17.20 to record the result out of 21.
- Alberino recorded her third and fourth top-10 finishes of the meet in a big way. In the 50 fly she finished eighth out of 40 swimmers, posting a New England's A Cut automatic qualifying time of 30.71. She followed that up with another A Cut qualifying time (1:09.18) in the 100 IM en route to a fourth place finish.
- Latawiec finished right behind Alberino in fifth place in the 100 IM and also logged a New England's A Cut qualifying time after touching the wall at the 1:10.15 mark.
- In just her second career meet competing off the diving board, junior Elizabeth Sears (Bristol, Conn.) picked up a pair of top-10 finishes. She racked up a new career-best 115.50 points across six dives from the 1-meter board for a fourth place finish and then in her first collegiate attempt from the 3-meter board, she scored 107.09 points for a third place finish.
- The USJ 200 free relay team wrapped up the meet with a fifth place finish, combining to record a time of 1:55.21. The team featured Latawiec, Masayda, Houghtaling and Alberino.
The USJ swimming and diving team will be back in the pool next on Friday, Nov. 17 when they return to dual meet action on the road at Western Connecticut. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.