Jan. 26, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's swimming and diving team claimed their seventh straight Worcester City Championship Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center Pool. The Crusader women led the annual Worcester City Championships from start to finish, winning 14 of the 37 events in the meet. Holy Cross would prevail over cross-town competitors Clark, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Assumption earning 633 points over the two-day event. The Crusaders set five new meet records on their way to the victory. Sophomores Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.) and Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.) each set three new meet records, two relay and one individual.
The Championship started out on a high note for the Crusaders, as freshman Gael Carter (Tampa, Fla.), Gousman, junior Andrea Doherty (Needham, Mass.) and Carrazza teamed up to win the 400 yard medley relay and set a new meet record of 4:11.32. This wasn't the only recorded this team would break this weekend as they went on to swim a total time of 1:54.22 in the 200-yard medley relay. This same four took a final first in the 400-yard free relay with a time of 3:49.93.
Gousman had an exciting weekend with seven first place finishes. On-top of her two relay wins, she took first in the 200-yard IM with a final time of 2:17.40, the 200-yard free relay with a time of 1:43.84, the 100-yard breaststroke with 1:10.53, and the 200-yard breaststroke setting the new record for that race with a time of 2:32.10.
Individually Carrazza took first in the 400-yard IM with a time of 2:03.03 and in the 100-yard free where she broke the old record with a new time of 56.35. Carter took a first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.01 and in the 50-yard free with a time of 26.09. Sophomore Lauren Tatro (Charlotte, N.C.) took first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:17.80. Doherty took a first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.71.
Another Holy Cross record was set today by sophomore Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) with a total score of 240.21 in 3-meter diving.
The Crusader women will return to action, taking on Providence in their final home meet of the season on Saturday, February 2. The meet is set to begin at 3:00 pm in the Hart Center Pool.