DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A new record was set and a gauntlet was swum Saturday afternoon, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the Louise Goodrum Invitational, hosted by UMass Dartmouth.
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN
This non-scoring meet was all about winning events, shattering records and continuing to improve in the pool. The Blue Jays did all three, as Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn.) [Pictured] broke a six-year freshman record in the 100 Yard IM with a 1:07 flat, six tenths of a second quicker than the previous school record, held by Liz Cappiello in 2013. Weir finished a sensational second in the event out of 45 swimmers, less than a second behind the winner, Kelsey Johnstone of Westfield State. While the women's swimming and diving team did not win an event Saturday, they did finish second three times (all by Weir), and fourth or higher in half of the women's events on the day. Weir placed second of 23 in the 50 Backstroke, second of 27 in the 100 Back, second of 45 in the 100 IM (freshman school record), fourth of 19 quartets in the 200 Medley Relay (shared), and fourth of 54 in the 50 Freestyle. Sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) had a solid Saturday of her own with three fourth-place finishes and six top-10s. She took fourth in the 200 Medley Relay (shared), 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke. Sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) had a pair of impressive swims too, taking fourth in the 50 Breaststroke, and fifth in the 100 Breaststroke, behind her teammate Martel. Senior co-captain Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.) completed the 200 Medley Relay quartet that placed fourth. UMass-Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University also had great showings in the invite.
THE RUNDOWN – MEN
It was a meet to remember for sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) who swam the "gauntlet", which is earned by participating in both relays and all 11 individual events (except the 1650). Wyse was a man possessed from start to finish, winning four events (100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle and 100 IM), and placing second in another three (100 Back, 100 Breaststroke and 50 Fly). He was first to hit the edge for the Blue Jays in every men's event, and finished fourth or higher in all but one. Wyse won in a variety of ways, including wire to wire in three of the four (1.1 seconds or less), and by more than 10 seconds in the 500 Free (5:21.24). Freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.) had a pair of top-10 finishes, including an admirable eighth of 24 swimmers in the 100 Free. He also placed 10th of 21 in the 50 Backstroke. Six-year swimming and diving head coach Brenda Straker praised both of her teams for their continued efforts, as the early part of the 2019-2020 season carries on. "I am really pleased with how the team swam [Saturday]. We had some great finishes."
The swimming and diving teams will both hit the water this Friday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m. for the first of two double-dual meets in the 2019-2020 season. Friday's meet will be against Elms College and Albertus Magnus College, held on the campus of Elms College, in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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