WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — In a wire-to-wire finish, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team hold off a charging Colby-Sawyer College (CSC), 139-135, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) dual meet inside the Bruyette Natatorium Saturday.
Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn.) was in a must-win situation heading into the penultimate event, the 200 Individual Medley (IM), and she delivered, defeating freshman Mary Steward (Saco, Maine) of CSC to the wall with a time of 2:25.19, more than three seconds in the clear. It was enough to keep the lead in the overall, despite dropping the 400 Free Relay at the end.
The Blue Jays will be back in action next on Saturday, December 7 when they compete in the Connecticut Cup, hosted by Wesleyan University at 10:00 a.m.
Score: Saint Joseph 139, Colby-Sawyer 135
Location: Bruyette Natatorium | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"We won where we needed to, we got fourths and fifths where we needed to. It all added up [for] a really special victory. The team as a whole swam great, and I am really pleased."
- Sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) impressed a capacity crowd with wins in the 50 and 100 Breaststroke. In the 50, Cios won a tight battle once again with Steward, touching the wall in 35.55 seconds, exactly one second ahead. She then went out and dominated the 100, finishing in 1:17.85, more than 10 seconds clear of second place.
- Sophomore captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) picked up a critical win in the 100 Freestyle, using her long reach to touch in 58.61 seconds, less than two-tenths of a second ahead of second place, CSC freshman Nina Boudreau (Hallowell, Maine).
- Weir won in the 200 Free in addition to the 200 IM, dominating the competition by more than 13 seconds, with a time of 2:11.03.
NUMBER TO KNOW
0.18 – The margin of victory for Martel in the 100 Free. One of the closest finishes all season for USJ.
- Sophomore Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) scored much-needed points for USJ in the diving department.
- CSC won the first two events before both teams traded wins back-and-forth throughout.
- Weir also had a close runner-up finish in the 100 Backstroke, just six-tenths of a second away from capturing a third win.
The Blue Jays will be back in action next on Saturday, December 7, when they compete in the Connecticut Cup, hosted by Wesleyan University at 10:00 a.m.
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