DANBURY, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph women's swimming and diving team defeated Western Connecticut State University, 156.5-118.5, on Friday evening at the O'Neill Center Pool to improve to 2-0 in dual meet action for the 2017-18 season. The Blue Jays posted first place finishes in 10 of the 16 events on the night led by three individual gold's from junior Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.), and a pair each from classmates Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn) and Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.).
Score: University of Saint Joseph – 156.5, Western Connecticut – 118.5
Records: USJ (2-0), WCSU (0-2)
Location: Danbury, Conn. – O'Neill Center Pool
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Blue Jays won the opening two events of the night, the 200 medley relay and the 1,000 free. Latawiec, Masayda, Alberino and freshman Amanda Thiel (Torrington, Conn.) kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay combining for a time of 2:04.95. Latawiec then posted her first individual gold of the night in the 1,000 free after touching the wall at the 12:47.98 mark.
- Latawiec hopped right back in the pool and posted the next victory for the Blue Jays in the fourth event, the 50 back. She blistered to a time of 30.66 to record the win.
- Masayda followed and notched a victory in the 50 breast for USJ with a time of 35.46.
- Sophomore Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up a gold medal in the 100 butterfly in her first individual event of the evening. She finished with a time of 1:18.71.
- Sophomore Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.) and Masayda finished 1-2 in the 50 free. Houghtaling came in just ahead of Masayda at the 28.83 mark, while Masayda finished at 28.87.
- Latawiec grabbed her third individual and fourth overall gold of the meet after a victory in the 200 back. She swam to a time of 2:30.69.
- In the 200 breast, Masayda logged her second individual win besting the field with a final time of 2:47.85.
- Alberino recorded the final two USJ wins of the meet in the 50 butterfly and 100 IM. In the 50 fly, Alberino touched the wall first with a time of 30.20 and in the 100 IM she defeated the field with a time of 1:09.24.
The USJ swimming and diving team will be back in action next when they head to the annual Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships. The two-day championship meet will be held December 2 and 3 and hosted by Simmons College at the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium. Day one prelims will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the finals to follow at 6 p.m.