NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Swimming team earned its first conference victory of the season on Saturday with a 76-58 home win over visiting Purchase. Jillian Bunch and Catherine Masayda keyed the victory with two individual wins apiece.
Bunch picked up her victories in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle against the Panthers. Her IM victory came in 2:30.05 before she topped the field in the freestyle race with a time of 1:00.50.
Masayda continued her strong start to the season on Saturday with wins for the Knights in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke. The butterfly victory came in 1:09.47 before she won the breaststroke race in a time of 1:16.18.
Emily Gurskey closed out a strong day for the Mount with a victory in the 100-yard backstroke and a runner-up finish in the 200-yard individual medley. She bested the field in the backstroke with a time of 1:13.12 and she finished behind Bunch in the IM in 2:44.44.
Kristen Dwight and Emily Crowley each closed out Saturday’s win with a pair of runner-up finishes. Dwight earned second place points in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle with times of 2:23.01 and 1:05.17, respectively. Crowley took the runner-up spot in the 50-yard freestyle in 29.18 seconds and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:21.80.
Mount Saint Mary opened the meet on Saturday with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Bunch, Crowley, Gursky and Masayda collected first place points in a time of 2:05.57.
Saturday’s victory moves Mount Saint Mary to 2-5 overall on the season and to 1-2 in Skyline Conference competition. Next up for the Knights is a trip to Bard on January 8.