WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's swimming and diving teams made waves Friday night, capturing 11 wins (six men, five women) in the annual Blue Jay Pentathlon Invitational, held inside the Bruyette Natatorium.
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN
A total of six women's swimming and diving teams competed Friday night. The Blue Jays won five of nine total events, including the 200 Freestyle Relay, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay, 100 Free, and 400 Free Relay. Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn.) stole the show on the women's side, finishing no worse than third in every event. She took home victories in the 100 Backstroke, 200 Freestyle Relay (shared), 200 Medley Relay (Shared) 400 Freestyle Relay (shared), and the Women's Pentathlon. Emily Elliott and Sarah Bartlett were victorious for Western New England University (WNEU) in the 100 Breaststroke and Butterfly, while Elliot also triumphed in the 100 IM.
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
Weir took home the Women's Pentathlon, a rigorous event featuring 100 yards of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley. She was the first to touch the edge out of 26 swimmers in 5:47.39, more than a second ahead of Elliott for WNEU. Weir was one of only two simmers to complete the 100 Freestyle portion in less than a minute (59.79). Sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) led the next group to the finish, placing third with a 5:54.14.
Also of note was the 200 Freestyle Relay, which the Blue Jays captured in 1:50.82, an astounding 17 seconds faster than their seed time. Martel, sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), sophomore Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.) and Weir teamed up for the win. This quartet also won the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. Three Blue Jays placed in the top-10 in the 100 Backstroke (Weir first, Stotler fifth, Martel eighth). Martel, Weir and Cios finished two-three-four in the 100 Breaststroke, while Weir and Martel took third and fourth in the 100 Butterfly.
THE RUNDOWN – MEN
Three schools competed on the men's side, with USJ taking the win in six of nine events (100 Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle and IM, as well as the Men's Pentathlon). Sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) claimed all six victories for USJ, while Elms College grabbed victories in all three relay events (200 Free, Medley and 400 Free).
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
Freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.) once again stood out in his first meet in the home pool, placing third in the 100 Freestyle in 58.46, just .05 seconds ahead of fourth. He also claimed third in the Men's Pentathlon with a 5:55.73. Wyse was dominant all around, winning his events by an average of more than three seconds, including a nine second win in the Men's Pentathlon with a time of 4:57.73. He was the only swimmer in the event to break the under five minute threshold, and the under one minute threshold in three of the five strokes.
The swimming and diving team will be back in action on Saturday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. when they head to the campus of UMass Dartmouth, for the Louise Goodrum Invitational.
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