BOSTON, Mass. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team entered day two of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships in dead last, but quickly turned things around, and now sit in third place entering the final day of the weekend-long meet with momentum on their side.
The Blue Jays sit third (226 points), only behind Regis College (386) and Simmons University (652), who are looking to win their 15th consecutive GNAC Championship inside their own Natatorium—the Holmes Sports Center.
USJ gained a lot of ground in the 200 and 400-Yard Medley Relays. In the 200, the Blue Jays finished only behind Simmons and Regis, earning 32 points. Freshman Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), senior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.), senior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.), and sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) completed the relay with a time of 2:00.41. The quartet also finished fourth in the 400 relay with a time of 4:29.80, picking up 28 points.
Masayda scored a team-high 34 points, good for the fifth-highest scorer on day two. She scored her points with two solid second-place finishes in the 50 and 100-yard breaststroke events, just a second and a half behind the leader each time.
Martel finished fourth in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 58.68 seconds. She was the only swimmer not in a Simmons or Regis swimsuit to finish the event in less than a minute. USJ will turn their sights to finish strong after an all-important middle day of the GNAC Championship.
The GNAC Championship continues tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. with morning preliminaries.