Julia Messina
Julia Messina
Height: 5-8
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Canandaigua, N.Y.
High School: Canandaigua Academy
Major: Marketing
Event(s): Breaststroke/IM

As a senior: Put the finishing touches on an outstanding career in 2015-16 ... Took home 11 first-place finishes on the year ... Finished fifth in the 100 breast (1:03.36), sixth in the 200 breast (2:19.68) and 15th in the 200 IM (2:10.11) at the NEC Championships ... Won multiple events on three different occassions ... Posted first-place finishes in the 100 breat in eight of the 14 meets. 

As a junior: Wrapped up her junior year in historic fashion in 2014-15 ... Earned Second Team All-NEC honors after a second-place finish in the 100 breast ... Set a school record with a time of 1:03.40 ... Finished fifth in the 200 breast with a season-best time of 2:19.71 ... Earned an 11th-place finish in the 200 IM with a season-best time of 2:09.80 ... Posted four first-place finishes on the year.

As a Sophomore: Swam in seven events for the Bulldogs in her second season … Mostly swam the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM … Earned two top-place finishes during the season … First place vs. Holy Cross in the 100 breast and 50 breast … Swam her best time in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM at the NEC Championships … 1:04.91 in the 100 breast, 2:32.12 in the 200 breast, and 2:1094 in the 200 IM … Finished fourth in the 100 breast, sixth in the 200 breast and 15th in the 200 IM.

As a freshman: Emerged as one of Bryant's top breaststrokers in her first season with the Black and Gold ... Earned finals appearances in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM at the NEC Championships ... Finished sixth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.75, 10th in the 200 breast (2:24.82) and 15th in the 200 IM (2:11.75) ... Also helped the 200 medley relay team earn a silver medal and set a school record at the NECs ... Started her career with a bang, winning the 100 breast in each of her first three collegiate meets against Boston College, Wagner and Providence ... Also won the event against Vermont, Brown and Holy Cross ... Posted victories in the 200 breast against Wagner and Providence.

Before Bryant: Four-year varsity letter winner at Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua, N.Y. … Named a high school All-American as a freshman and sophomore … Four-time sectional champion with the Braves … Won a state championship as a freshman … Honor roll student.

Personal: The daughter of John and Maureen Messina, Maria Ann Messina was born on Feb. 23, 1994 … Has two sisters, Catherine and twin sister Maria, who is also an incoming freshman on the Bryant swimming and diving team … Cousin, John Hauser, swam two years at the University of Maryland.