Women's Swimming & Diving Dominates WCC

Jan. 28, 2007


WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's swimming and diving team claimed their sixth 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 15 of the 19 events in the meet. Holy Cross would prevail over cross-town competitors Clark and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) earning 437 points over the two-day event. The Crusaders set six new meet records on their way to the victory. Freshman Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.) set three new meet records in her three individual event wins.

The Championship started out on a high note for the Crusaders, as freshman Lauren Tatro (Charlotte, N.C.), Gousman, junior Andrea Doherty (Needham, Mass.) and freshman Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.) teamed up to win the 400 yard medley relay and set a new meet record of 4:11.89. Carrazza won the second event of the women's meet, the 1650-yard freestyle. Carrazza swam the distance in 19:14.83 as Doherty took second in 19:24.99.

Gousman would take the Holy Cross momentum into the 200 yard IM, claiming first and setting a new meet record in 2:17.23. Sophomore Maddie Alanis (La Jolla, Calif.) took second in the event, finishing in 2:20.60. Alanis claimed victory in the 400 yard IM, touching the pad in 4:54.63. Carrazza, Archer and freshman Stephanie Opolski (Haverhill, Mass.) went 1-2-3 in the 200 yard freestyle, Carrazza's time of 2:02.52 paced her teammates who finished in 2:05.09 and 2:09.12, respectively.

Another new meet record was set in the 200 yard freestyle relay as Doherty, junior Erica Archer (Schenectady, N.Y.), Gousman and Carrazza swam the event in 1:42.87. In the 200 yard medley relay freshman Bridget Cass (Laconia, N.H.), Alanis, junior Rachel Quaden (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Archer teamed up to win the event in 2:01.77.

Gousman would set her second meet record on the weekend, finishing the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:09.28 and claimed the top spot in the event. Her closest competitor in the event was a swimmer from Clark, who finished in 1:16.80. Doherty won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.10. Archer was the next Holy Cross woman to claim an individual title, winning the 50 yard freestyle in 26.21. Sophomore Caitlin Duggan (Norwood, Mass.) took third in the event, finishing in 27.45.

In her third and final individual event of the competition, Gousman would set her third meet record of the weekend, finishing the 200 yard butterfly in 2:34.71, beating the previous record by nearly two seconds. In the last women's individual event of the weekend, Holy Cross swimmers would continue dominating taking first, second and third in the 100 yard butterfly. Doherty won the event in 1:02.50, as Quaden would take second in 2:03.26 and Tatro finished third in 1:06.73.

In the final swimming event of the Championships, the 400 yard freestyle relay, Holy Cross would establish yet another meet record. The relay team of Doherty, Archer, Gousman and Carrazza would finish in 3:45.38, beating the previous meet record of 3:51.33 by 5.95 seconds, a significant margin by swimming standards.

Freshman Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) would continue her stand-out season, winning both diving events at the Worcester City Championships. She would earn 236.17 points in the 3-meter diving competition and 228.75 points in the 1-meter event.

Holy Cross totaled 437 points in the two-day event. Clark would take second with 361 points and WPI finished third earning 210 points. The Holy Cross women's swimming and diving team has won each Worcester City Championship since the event was established in 2002.

The Crusader women will return to action, taking on Fairfield in their final home meet of the season on Saturday, February 3. The meet is set to begin at 1:00 pm in the Hart Center Pool.

Cathy Desrosiers Award (Women's Swimmer of the Meet): Maggie Gousman (Holy Cross) 200 Yard Individual Medley (Meet Record) 200 Yard Breaststroke (Meet Record) 100 Yard Breaststroke (Meet Record)

Beth Ferraro Award (Women's Diver of the Meet): Rachael Martinez (Holy Cross) 3-Meter Champion 1-Meter Champion