CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team broke a pair of school records on Friday to highlight the second day of competition at the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships held inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) broke the first record on the day in the preliminaries, setting the new school standard in the 50 Freestyle after touching the wall in 25.54. The result was good for an 11th place finish and qualified her for the B-Final. She then lowered her school-record time to 25.38 in the B-Final and finished 10th overall to earn 17 points for USJ. Martel broke the previous 50 Free record (25.85) held by teammate and freshman Meghan Curtis (Bristol, Conn.) which was set this season at the 2018 Connecticut Cup.
The second USJ record of the day fell in the 400 Medley Relay. The Blue Jays' quartet of freshman Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), senior Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.), senior Gabriella Alberino (East Haven, Conn.), and Martel combined to swim to a record-breaking time of 4:22.27 in the preliminaries, good for a 10th place finish and a spot in the B-Final. The relay team went on to post a time of 4:22.63 in the B-Final to pick up an 11th place and 32 points for the team. They broke the previous record by over a second (4:23.69) which was set last year at the 2018 NEISDA Championships.
USJ's 200 Free Relay team and two other individual swimmers also qualified through from the preliminaries and competed in a finals event on day two of competition at MIT. The 200 Free Relay team of Martel, Masayda, Stotler, and Alberino raced to a 12th place finish in the B-Final after combining to touch the wall in 1:45.95. They shaved nearly a second off their preliminary time (1:46.82) to record the result and earn 30 points.
Masayda was the first Blue Jays' swimmer push through in an individual event to the finals. The senior co-captain posted a time of 32.63 in the 50 Breaststroke prelims to qualify as the top seed in the B-Final. She would go on to speed to an 11th place overall finish in the event after swimming to a time of 32.79 in the B-Final.
Classmate and fellow co-captain Gabriella Alberino followed in Masayda's footsteps, securing a B-Final appearance after swimming to a time of 2:23.53 in the 200 IM. The prelim time qualified her 12th and then she finished 12th overall in the B-Final but bettered her time down to 2:22.57. The result earned 15 points towards USJ's team score.
After the second day of competition, the Blue Jays sit in 12th place out of 20 women's teams with a total of 141 points. They are just 59 points outside the top-10 and are ahead of fellow GNAC schools Norwich (100), Husson (87), Elms (76), and Saint Joseph's College (71).
The USJ women's swimming and diving team will continue with day three of the 2019 NEISDA Championships on Saturday. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the finals at 6:00 p.m. at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.