BRISTOL, R.I. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's swimming and diving teams placed sixth respectively in their first trip to the Roger Williams Invitational, hosted by Roger Williams University Saturday.
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN
Roger Williams dominated in the overall standings from start to finish, scoring 651 points, more than 400 points ahead of second-placed UMass-Dartmouth (236.5). Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) member, Regis College, rounded out the podium with 234. Roger Williams picked up its points with wins in the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay, the 200 Freestyle (top-six spots), 200 IM (1-2 finish), 50 Freestyle (three of the top four), 100 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle (top three spots), 500 Freestyle (top three spots), 100 backstroke, and the 100 breaststroke (three of the top four).
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
USJ placed sixth overall of nine schools with 119 points, edging out Springfield's Western New England University by a single point. Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn.) impressed on debut with a sixth place swim in the 200 IM, with a 2:26.87, just over a second off the podium. Sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) came up with two top-10 finishes (and 18 points), including the 50 Freestyle (27.47 seconds, less than a second off the podium) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:18.16).
THE RUNDOWN – MEN
The Roger Williams men's swimming and diving team picked up right where the women's team left off, dominating the overall with 1030.5 points, nearly 800 points ahead of second-placed Clark University (249.5). UMass Dartmouth picked up podiums on both sides, this time in third with 230 points. Roger Williams picked up its points with wins in the 200 Freestyle (eight of the top-nine), 200 IM (seven of the top-eight), the 50 Freestyle (12 of the top-14), 100 Butterfly (eight of the top-10), 100 Freestyle (top-four), 500 Freestyle (nine of the top-10), 100 Backstroke and 100 Breaststroke.
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
It was another swimmer scoring on debut for the Blue Jays, as freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.) scored all four points for the USJ men, finishing 16th of 32 swimmers in the 50 Freestyle (25.19 seconds, just over a second out of the top-10), and 14th in the 100 Backstroke (1:08.10, three points). USJ placed sixth overall of six schools with the four points.
The swimming and diving season has only just begun, as the Blue Jays return home for the annual Blue Jay Pentathlon Invitational, held this Friday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. in the Bruyette Natatorium, located inside the O'Connell Center, on the campus of USJ.
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