MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — For the second straight year, records fell at the Connecticut Cup for the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team, which placed fourth of seven schools in the fifth annual event, hosted by Wesleyan University Saturday.
Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn.) broke the Freshman 100-Yard Freestyle Record by nearly half a second, with a final time of 56.42 seconds. The record stood for nearly 10 months, and was held by teammate and co-captain, sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.). U.S. Coast Guard Academy took home CT-Cup Honors with 520.5 points, seven points ahead of second-placed Connecticut College. The hosts (Wesleyan) rounded out the podium with 507.
The Blue Jays are headed south for their annual winter trip to Florida, training in Deerfield Beach from January 2 to January 9. They will return to the pool for competition on Friday, January 10 at Plymouth State at 3:30 p.m.
Score: Coast Guard 520.5, Connecticut College 513.5, Wesleyan 507, Saint Joseph 181, Western Conn. 169, Eastern Conn. 155, Albertus 14
Location: 5th Annual Connecticut Cup | Wesleyan University | Middletown, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"I am pleased across the board, we had time drops in nearly every event. We have been gearing up for this, been working hard since September, we rested a bit more than usual for today, and that really seemed to click with them. We were noticed, and that's a good thing. We still have a lot of work to do, but it gives them that motivation heading into winter training."
- Weir placed fifth of 17 swimmers in the 50 Yard Backstroke with a time of 29.91.
- Martel took home a solid third-place finish in wire-to-wire action in the water, with the top-five finishing just over a second apart.
- Weir's second top-five came in the record-breaking 100 Free with a 56.42. It is the first freshman record for Weir in her maiden season.
NUMBER TO KNOW
2 – Two Blue Jay swimmers did well enough in the water to qualify for the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships this February; senior co-captain Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.) and freshman Julia Michaud (Bristol, Conn.).
The Blue Jays are headed south for their annual winter trip to Florida. USJ will be training in Deerfield Beach from January 2 to January 9. They will return to the pool for competition on Friday, January 10 at Plymouth State at 3:30 p.m.
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