PSU Women’s Swimming earns victory over Saint Joseph (Conn.)

PSU Women’s Swimming earns victory over Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Mazza, West, DeGrazia are multiple-event winners for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Strong swimming by freshmen helped Plymouth State University win 11 of the 16 events Saturday and defeat the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.), 152-123, in a women's swimming and diving dual meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            Freshmen Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) captured three individual events each, and classmate Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) was a two-time individual winner and a two-time relay winner.

            Mazza won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.63, the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.02, and the 100-yard individual medley in 1:08.13.  West was the first to hit the wall in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 30.15 seconds, the 50 backstroke in 30.34, and the 50-yard free in 27.28.  DeGrazia topped all swimmers with a mark of 2:11.17 in the 200-yard freestyle, and took the 500-yard free in a season-best time of 5:59.22.

            Junior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) was also an individual winner for PSU, finishing in first place in the 1000-yard free in a season-fastest 12:18.37.

            Plymouth State took both relay races, with West, sophomore Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) Mazza and DeGrazia taking the 200-yard medley relay, and DeGrazia, Wyman, freshman Stephanie LaBeck (Oakville, Conn.) and junior Kelsey Cronan (Framingham, Mass.) winning the final race, the 400 medley relay.

            The Blue Jays were led by freshman Annmarie Masayda (Watertown, Conn.) and junior Luz Holmes (East Hartford, Conn.) Masayda captured both breaststroke events, winning the 50 breast in 35.27 seconds and the 100 breast in 1:16.95, while Holmes was the winner of both diving events, scoring 157.05 points on the one-meter board and a school-record 170.85 on the three-meter board. Freshman Veronica Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) also was a winner for USJ, touching the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.86).

            Both teams are right back in the pool on Monday, as the Panthers compete against Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. at 1:00 p.m., and USJ is at Eastern Connecticut for a 6 p.m. dual meet.

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