Holy Cross to Host Worcester City Championships

Jan. 25, 2007

Worcester, Mass. - The sixth annual Worcester City Championships are being held this weekend at Holy Cross' Hart Center Pool and will feature three of Worcester's collegiate swimming and diving programs. Holy Cross, WPI and Clark will all vie for the title: Worcester City Champion. Last year, the Holy Cross women took home the title as WPI's men narrowly edged out Holy Cross, 364-363.

"This is a great opportunity for people to see how fast the swimming is and quality of diving that is here in Worcester," exclaims Holy Cross head coach Barry Parenteau. "We are excited to host the City Championships and it will be exciting for spectators as well."

The Crusader women have been the Champions since the event was established in 2002 Holy Cross holds the record in 18 of the 19 events that make up the women's championship. Three of the record holders, juniors Erica Archer (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Andrea Doherty (Needham, Mass.) and sophomore Maddie Alanis (La Jolla, Ca) are all competing in the 2007 meet.

"Our women are five-time defending champions!" notes Parenteau. "This is something they look forward to all season and they are more than ready to defend their title."

WPI's men's team brings with them their Division III standout, Joel Rousseau. Rousseau competed in the 100 yard butterfly at the 2006 NCAA Division III Championships and took fifth in the nation. He currently owns the Worcester City Championship record of 51.32 in the 100 yard butterfly. He swam the event in 49.60 in the NCAA Championships.

"Our men are ready to reclaim the title," said Parenteu. "The one-point loss last year is fueling their fire to beat WPI and Clark to win this thing!"

The Sixth Annual Worcester City Championships begin Friday, January 26 at 6 pm in the Hart Center Pool at Holy Cross. The event will continue at 10 am on Saturday and at a second session at 3:30 pm. Admission is free to the public.