Jan. 24, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's 400 medley relay team set the tone with a first place finish in the first event of the Worcester City Championships held at the Hart Center on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 as the Holy Cross women's swimming and diving team took first place and claimed its eighth title. The Crusaders scored 599.5 points for first place, while Clark took second with 477.5, WPI took third with 321 and Assumption finished fourth with 206.
The 400 medley relay team, swam by sophomore Gael Carter (Tampa, Fla.), junior Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.), freshman Annie O'Shea (Washington, D.C.) and junior Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.), took first place with a time of 4:11.43. The Crusaders then swept the 200 IM with a first place finish by Gousman in 2:18.31, a second place finish by senior Dana Jorgensen (New City, N.Y.) in 2:23.42 and a third place finish by freshman Kendra Kline (Queensburg, N.Y.) with a time of 2:24.37.
The Crusaders continued their dominance with a first place finish in the 200 free relay, swam by Carter, Carrazza, O'Shea and Gousman in 1:44.86 and a first place finish in the 200 medley relay also swam by Carter, Gousman, O'Shea and Carrazza in 1:57.71.
Holy Cross then swept the 400 IM with a first place finish by Carrazza in 4:59.18, a second place finish by sophomore Erin Meegan (Woodbine, Md.) in 5:02.22 and a third place finish by sophomore Molly O'Brien (Bedford, N.Y.) with a time of 5:11.54.
O'Shea kept Holy Cross on top with a first place finish in the 200 free with a time of 2:04.05, a new Worcester City Championship meet record in the 200 fly with a time of 2:14.37 and a first place finish in the 100 fly in 1:02.99. Gousman took first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:09.88 and first in the 200 breast in 2:33.65, while Carrazza finished first in the 50 free with a time of 26.11 and set a new meet record in the 100 free with a time of 56.33. Freshman Maggie Beaudouin (Madison, N.J) finished first in the 500 free and set a new Championship record with a time of 5:22.41.
Holy Cross closed out the Championships with a victory in the 400 free relay swam by Gousman, Carrazza, O'Shea and Beaudouin with a time of 3:47.86.
In the diving events, junior Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) took first place on the three meter board with 234.35 points and second on the one meter with 207.55 points.
The Crusaders continue competition traveling to Providence, R.I. on Saturday, Jan. 31 for an 11:00 a.m. meet.