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Swimming & Diving Tops RIC in Season Opener, 126-122

Swimming & Diving Tops RIC in Season Opener, 126-122

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team won its season-opening dual meet, 126-122, over Rhode Island College at home on Saturday inside Bruyette Natatorium.


Score: University of Saint Joseph – 126, Rhode Island College 122
Records: USJ (1-0), RIC (0-1)
Location: West Hartford, Conn – Bruyette Natatorium
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017


  • Junior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.) posted three first place finishes and a second place result for a total of 33 points on the afternoon. She opened the day swimming the third leg of the USJ 200 medley relay that recorded a first place finish with a time of 2:09.56. She then followed that up with a pair of gold medal finishes in the 200 free and 100 free with times of 2:14.97 and 1:02.88, respectively. Alberino wrapped up the day with a second place finish in the 50 fly after touching the wall at the 31.20 mark, which secured the dual meet victory for USJ.
  • Junior Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) also exceled in USJ's opening meet and registered three first place finishes. She swam the second leg of the Blue Jays' 200 medley relay team that took gold and then followed with wins in the 1,000 free and 50 back. She touched the wall first in the 1,000 free with a time of 12:49.23 and bested the field with a time of 30.96 in the 50 back.
  • The anchor of the 200 medley relay team, sophomore Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.), posted a victory in the 50 free with a personal-best time of 28.98 and added a runner-up finish in the 500 free clocking in a personal-best time of 7:10.52.
  • In her first collegiate meet, freshman Amanda Thiel (Torrington, Conn.) swam to a second place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 1:27.63. She followed that up with another second place result in the 100 free with a time of 1:08.20 and a third place finish in the 50 fly, turning in a time of 37.38.
  • Junior Elizabeth Sears (Bristol, Conn.) was the lone diver to compete in the dual meet. She racked up 109.25 points across six dives from the 1-meter board in her first collegiate diving action. She also added a pair of second place finishes swimming. In the 50 breast, Sears raced to a personal-best time of 41.19 and then she posted a time of 1:31.14 in the 100 breast.


The USJ swimming and diving team returns back to the pool next on Friday evening when they host the Blue Jay Pentathlon Invitational inside Bruyette Natatorium at 5 p.m.