KINGSTON, R.I. - Season-best times and top finishes led the Holy Cross women's swimming and diving team to second place out of five teams at the Harold Anderson Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island on Dec. 4-5. URI claimed the team title with 906 points, while Holy Cross finished second with 722.
The 400 medley relay, swam by freshman Kristen Desrosiers (Gorham, Maine), senior Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.), junior Gael Carter (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.), got the Crusaders going with a fourth place finish with a time of 4:07.10. Sophomore Annie O'Shea (Washington, D.C.) swam a season-best time of 5:22.64 in the 500 free to finish in fifth place, while Desrosiers and Gousman finished in second and third in the 200 IM with times of 2:15.06 and 2:15.14 respectively.
The points began to add up for the Crusaders when senior Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) took first on the three meter diving board with 240.40 points and then finished third on the one meter board with a score of 208.34. The foursome of Desrosiers, Gousman, Carter and Carrazza teamed up again in the 200 medley to finish third with a time of 1:52.42, while Desrosiers took fourth in the 400 IM with a season-best time of 4:49.83.
Holy Cross crowned its first champion when Carter took first in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.69. Gousman followed Carter to the top of the podium with a first place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:07.67 and O'Shea claimed the top spot in the 200 fly with a time of 2:14.56.
Carter picked up two more top five finishes, taking fourth in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.11 and fourth in the 200 back with a time of 2:13.77, while Gousman closed out individual competition with a second place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:27.47.
The Crusaders will take a break from competition, returning to the pool on January 20, 2010 against Bryant.