Swimming and Diving teams both Take Fifth at Anderson Invitational

Dec. 4, 2006

Kingston, R.I - The Holy Cross men's and women's swimming and diving teams were back in the pool this weekend after a two week break, taking on some strong competition at the Harold Anderson Invitational hosted by URI. The women's team would take fifth place overall, beating Fairfield by over 100 points. The men's team would also take fifth, but the margin of defeat was only 15 points over Fairfield. Rhode Island took the men's meet with 821 total points, where Main won the women's meet with 847. Two freshmen made an impact for the Holy Cross women's team: Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.) and Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) both won events for the Crusaders. On the men's team, it was a combination of youth and experience that led the team.

Gousman finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke marking the first Crusader victory in the meet. Gousman took the event with a time of 1:08.48. Gousman would also see success in the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing second with a time of 2:30.68. Martinez won the 3M diving event with 191.50 total points over six dives. She narrowly edged out a diver from URI by only 6.35 points.

Other highlights from the women's team: Junior Andrea Doherty (Needham, Mass.) placed third in the 100 yard butterfly, finishing with a time of 1:00.98. Doherty also took fourth in the 100 freestyle in 55.66 and sixth in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:15.45. Sophomore Maddie Alanis (La Jolla, Calif.) finished the 400 yard IM in 4:52.62 earning her fifth place.

The women's 400 yard medley relay team of freshman Lauren Tatro (Charlotte, N.C.), Gousman, Doherty and freshman Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.) finished third with a time of 4:08.30.

In the men's meet, senior Brian Jackson (Phoenixville, Pa.) and freshman Aaron Brosnan (Westford, Mass.) would tie for being the highest finishing Crusader. Both finished fourth in their respective events. In the 200 yard butterfly, Jackson would finish in 2:08.12, which was slightly faster than Brosnan, who finished in fifth. Bronson finished fourth in the 100 yard backstroke, taking 59.29 to complete the event.

Other finishes of note for the Crusaders: Sophomore James McCullough (Orefield, Pa.) finished the 400 yard IM in 4:37.80. Jackson would finish seventh in the 100 yard butterfly, touching the pad in 56.74. Freshman Brian Livingston (Auburn, Wa.) finished eighth in a pair of events: the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke with times of 1:06.28 and 2:27.17, respectively. Junior Chris Smith (West Haven, Conn.) also took eighth in the 200 yard freestyle, covering the 200 yards in 1:50.35.

Both Holy Cross teams are off until after the New Year. The men will return to action by traveling to UConn on January 21. Both the men's and women's team will return January 26 for the Worcester City Championships, which will be held in the Hart Center.