WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and dive team remained unbeaten in dual meets in the water on Friday afternoon, as an all-around effort was enough to defeat Plymouth State University (PSU), 164-126, inside the Bruyette Natatorium.
The Blue Jays (4-0 in dual meets) placed first in more than half of the events, including the 200 Yard Medley Relay, the 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly and 200 Freestyle Relay.
Freshman Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), senior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.), senior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) and senior Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) won the 200 Medley Relay with a time of two minutes, two seconds and 76 milliseconds (2:02.76), almost exactly five seconds faster than the second placed time for PSU. Alberino also placed first in the 200 Freestyle with a staggering 2:10.97, nearly seven seconds faster than her freshman teammate, Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.).
Freshman Meghan Curtis (Bristol, Conn.) took home the 100 Backstroke by more than three seconds, with a time of 1:08.19. Masayda also took home the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 34.28 (more than three seconds faster), and the 100 Breaststroke (1:14.08). The Blue Jays finished one-two-three in the 100 Breastroke (Masayda, Cios, Martel).
In the 100 Freestyle, Martel was the only swimmer to finish in less than a minute, touching the wall with a time of 58.97 seconds.
The 50 Butterfly was a neck and neck battle to the end. Masayda came out on top by just three tenths of a second (0.3), finishing in 30.88 seconds. The Blue Jays capped off the event with a decisive win in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Three freshmen set the tone, including Curtis, Kailey LaCasse (Berlin, Conn.) and Cios, while junior Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.) sealed the deal on a seven second lead, finishing as the only relay team in the sub-two minute bracket (1:55.43).
The men's swim and dive team also hit the water, competing in several mixed events, while also getting a chance to go head-to-head against each other in assorted men's events.
The USJ women's swimming and diving team is at it again next Friday, January 18, when they go stroke for stroke at Westfield State (MA) at 6:00pm. There are still three meets to go before the GNAC Championships next month.
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