PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Saint Joseph swimming & diving team remained undefeated in dual meet action as it picked up its first-ever head-to-head victory over the Plymouth State Panthers, 134-128, inside the PSU Natatorium on Friday afternoon. Junior Gabriella Alberino's (East Haven, Conn.) victory and New England's 'A-cut' qualifying time in the 200 IM sealed the win for the Blue Jays in the second-to-last event.
Score: University of Saint Joseph – 134, Plymouth State – 128
Records: USJ (3-0), PSU (1-6)
Location: Plymouth, N.H. – PSU Natatorium
Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Blue Jays posted six victories across the 16 events at the meet led by three from junior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn), a pair from Alberino and one from freshman Brittany Berube (Windsor Locks, Conn.).
- Masayda picked up the first gold in the second event of the evening, the taxing 1,000-yard free, with a final time of 13:21.40.
- Berube followed with her first career victory logging a winning time of 38.23 in the 50 back touching the wall .56 of a second ahead of Plymouth State's backstroker.
- In the very next event, the 50 breaststroke, Masayda jumped right back in the pool and bested the field for her second victory of the day finishing with a time of 35.43.
- Masayda closed her three-win meet with a gold medal swim in the 100-yard breaststroke. She cruised to victory finishing with a final time of 1:17.15, which was over five seconds faster than the runner-up swimmer.
- Clinging to a slight 93-86 edge entering the final five events, Alberino would post a pair of victories and earned 18 points to help the Blue Jays secure their first-ever victory over PSU.
- Alberino's first win came in the 500 free where she swam to a time of 6:02.85 to take the gold and then she secured the USJ win with a New England's 'A-cut' qualifying time of 2:26.95 in the 200 IM.
- Her 200 IM winning swim time of 2:26.95 was a career-best as she touched the wall over 14 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
- Sophomore Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.) also had a nice meet for the Blue Jays registering three individual runner-up finishes. She snagged second place in the 50 free (29.22), 100 free (1:06.06), and 50 fly (36.01) to earn 12 points towards USJ's team score.
- On the diving board, junior Elizabeth Sears (Bristol, Conn.) recorded a score of 128.40 from the 1-meter board and 139.05 from the 3-meter board across six dive attempts each to finish second in each event.
The USJ swimming and diving team will look to keep its undefeated dual meet record intact when they return to the pool next on Tuesday, Jan. 16 on the road at Eastern Connecticut State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.