Nov. 2, 2006
Loudonville, N.Y. - The Holy Cross women's swimming team won their first meet of the season defeating Siena Wednesday night in Loudonville, N.Y. The Crusaders dominated the meet by taking 11 of 16 events from the Saints, winning the meet by a score of 183-113. Junior Andrea Doherty (Needham, Mass.) took three events individually, as did freshman Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.). Freshman Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) swept the diving events for the Crusaders, winning both the 1M and 3M events.
Doherty continued her 200 yard butterfly winning streak, making it the third meet in a row she has won the event. Doherty swam the 200 yards in 2:20.55, which was just under five seconds faster than closest competitor and teammate junior Rachel Quaden (Chelmsford, Mass.). Doherty also won the 1000M Free in 11:36.15 and the 100 yard Butterfly in 1:02.22.
Carrazza earned a total of 27 points for the Crusaders by winning the 200 yard free, the 500 yard free and the 200 IM. Her time of 5:35.45 in the 500 Free beat her closest competitor, freshman Stephanie Opolski (Haverhill, Mass.), by nearly nine seconds. She also won the 200 Free in 2:02.74 and the 200 IM in 2:19.55. Coming in second in the 200 IM was sophomore Maddie Alanis (La Jolla, Calif.) with a time of 2:23.39.
Freshman Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.) won two individual events in the meet. In the 100 yard breaststroke, she finished in 1:10.66, taking the race by over four seconds. She also won the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:36.54, edging out teammate Alanis, who came in second.
In the deep end of the pool, Martinez took both of the diving events for the Crusaders. She earned a total of 225.5 points in six dives on the 1M board and 207.85 points on the 3M board. Senior Aislinn Kelly (Sandwich, Mass) took second in both of the events, securing a total of eight points for Holy Cross. Taking third in both events was sophomore Katherine Marone (West Hardford, Conn.)
In the 200 medley relay, the Holy Cross team of freshman Lauren Tatro (Charlotte, N.C.), Gousman, Doherty and senior Erica Archer (Schenectady, N.Y.) took the victory from Siena. The Crusaders finished the event in 1:56.58, edging out the Saints, who finished 1.88 seconds later.
The victory moves Holy Cross to a 1-2 record overall, while Siena drops to 0-3 on the season. Next up for the Crusaders a Patriot League match-up against Army on Wednesday November 8 in West Point, N.Y. The meet is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.