WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph swimming & diving team suffered its first dual meet setback of the season at the hands of the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors, 127-97, on the road on Tuesday evening at the Sports Center Pool. Reigning GNAC Swimmer of the Week junior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) picked up the lone victory for Blue Jays at the meet.
Score: University of Saint Joseph – 97, Eastern Connecticut State – 127
Records: USJ (3-1), ECSU (7-0)
Location: Willimantic, Conn. – Sports Center Pool
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors posted the top time in 12 of the 13 events on the evening to remain undefeated on the season and swim past the Blue Jays.
- Masayda grabbed the lone gold for USJ in the 100-yard breaststroke with a blistering time of 1:14.25, which proved to be over four seconds faster than the second place swimmer.
- In the opening event, the 200 medley relay, USJ's relay team swam to a runner-up finish with a time of 2:05.94. The team was comprised of junior Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.), Masayda, junior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.).
- Alberino jumped right back in the pool and grabbed bronze in the 200 free with a final time of 2:14.92.
- Latawiec followed with a second place finish in the 100 back after touching the wall at the 1:10.82 mark.
- After Masayda grabbed gold in the 100 breast, Houghtaling was slightly edged and recorded a third-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 29.99 where the second place swimmer touched the wall at the 29.92 timestamp.
- In the 100 free, Alberino swam to a second place finish with a time of 1:00.56 before Latawiec would post a bronze finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:36.75.
- Masayda and senior Olivia Kajda (Katowice, Poland) posted second and third place finishes, respectively, in the 200 breast with times of 2:44.46 and 3:17.07.
- In the 100 IM, Alberino recorded the third fastest time touching the wall at the 1:08.44 mark and in the final event, the 200 free relay, the Blue Jays logged a third-place finish with a combined time of 2:25.04.
The USJ swimming and diving team returns back to the pool next at home on Friday evening when they host Westfield State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.