BOSTON, Mass.— The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team capped off the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship meet with a well-deserved third place finish, inside the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Jays maintained their third place ranking after moving up on day two of the meet. They were in last place after day one, and made an honorable charge to their top three spot by meet's end. Senior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) swam her heart out, nearly winning the 50-Yard Breaststoke with a time of 32.66 seconds, just one-tenth of a second behind Simmons (the eventual champion). She also finished second in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:11.10, earning 17 points. Masayda even added a fourth place finish in the 200 Breaststroke, capping off an incredible effort in the pool by the senior swimmer.
USJ finished third in the 200 Medley Relay, as the quartet of freshman Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), Masayda, senior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) kept it close to the end. Martel also had a fourth-place finish in the 100 Freestyle.
Simmons University (MA) won their 15th straight GNAC Championship in dominant fashion, and their 17th of 18 overall.
- Simmons 1,196 PTS
- Regis 669 PTS
- University of Saint Joseph (CT) 356.5 PTS
- Norwich 334 PTS
- Husson University 287.5 PTS
- Colby-Sawyer 266 PTS
- Saint Joseph's College (ME) 241 PTS
- Elms College 211 PTS
The New England Championships is the final event of the season, as the region's best goes head-to-head. The meet will run from February 21-24.