WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team was edged by the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Warriors, 149-125, on Senior Night on Tuesday evening inside Bruyette Natatorium. Prior to the dual meet, USJ recognized and honored its five seniors who were competing in the final home meet of their respective four-year careers.
ECSU's trio of Lasto sisters spoiled Senior Night for the Blue Jays, as they combined to account for eight of 12 individual swimming victories in the meet.
Sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) broke through to win two events, including the 100-Yard Freestyle, with a time of 58.19, seven-tenths of a second ahead of sophomore Maggie Lasto (Orange, Conn.). Martel also won the 500 Freestyle after touching the wall in 6:03.87, more than two seconds ahead of second place. Martel tacked on a second place finish in the 50 Freestyle in a stroke-for-stroke battle to the finish (26.46, four-tenths behind the winner, sophomore Megan Lasto).
The Blue Jays kept it competitive throughout the meet, finishing a close second in nine events. In the 200 Medley Relay, the team of freshman Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), freshman Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), freshman Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Thiel (Torrington, Conn.) finished with a 2:11.66, good for four points.
Senior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) finished second in the 200 Freestyle (2:11.07), 100 Butterfly (1:09.58), and 200 IM by less than a second (2:25.93) to the winner, senior captain Mollee Lasto (Orange, Conn.).
Senior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) also finished second in three events: the 50 Breaststroke (1:09.58), 100 Breaststroke (1:13.69), and 50 Butterfly by less than half a second (30.75) to the winner, sophomore Amanda Mitchell (Rocky Hill, Conn.).
In addition to her relay work, Stotler also finished second in two individual events: the 50 Backstroke (31.53), and 100 Backstroke (1:10.41).
USJ wrapped up the dual meet with another win in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Junior Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.), Masayda, Martel, and Alberino finished with a time of 1:51.97, earning a team-best 11 points on the night.
USJ will have their final meet of the season at Western New England (MA) at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships start one week later on Friday, February 1.