Middletown, Conn. - The Albertus Magnus College women's swimming and diving competed in their first Connecticut Cup hosted by Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at the Wesleyan Natatorium.
This Invitational invited all Division III Colleges located in Connecticut to compete and this year it consisted of: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, Western Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Saint Joseph (CT), and of course Albertus Magnus, competing for the first year.
Sophomore Megan Anderson (Levittown, NY) solidified her spot at Regionals with a "A" cut in her 50 breaststroke, while Kiara Pabon (Hamden, Conn.) swam personal bests. Arle Cruceta (Salcedo, Dominican Republic) dropped huge amounts of time to be the true stand out of the group at this competition.
Head Coach Lauren Pallone explained that mid-season invitationals are where the team can finally start to see where all their hard work is starting to pay off. "Our sport is very different than your typical team sports, unfortunately you have to wait months to see the pay out of your hard work and dedication. The girls got a glimpse of that this past weekend and I think there is a new fire and excitement surrounding us all as we head into the last half of our season."
50 Yard Freestyle
- Kiara Pabon (Hamden, Conn.) scored twenty fourth place points finishing with a time of 43.15
- Arle Cruceta (Salcedo, Dominican Republic) finished shortly behind with a time of 47.18
50 Yard Breaststroke
- Megan Anderson (Levittown, N.Y.) places thirteenth overall with a time of 37.08
- Cruceta finished with a time of 1:03.14
100 Yard Breaststroke
Anderson placed thirteenth overall with a final time of 1:27.07
100 Yard Freestyle
- Anderson finished with a final time of 1:05.81.
- Pabon came in shortly behind with a final time of 1:38.49
- Cruceta followed briefly after with a final time of 1:49. 98
50 Yard Backstroke
Kiara Pabon (Hamden, Conn.) scored eighteenth place points finishing with a time of 51.68.
The women's swimming and diving team returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 4 as the Falcons compete against Regis (Mass.). The meet is set for 11AM at the Regis College swimming pool in Weston, Mass.