WELLESLEY, Mass.— Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron Conn.) continued to impress in her debut at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships, breaking two more school records to lead the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team on the second day of action at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center. The Blue Jays currently remain in sixth place out of nine teams with 289 points entering the final day of competition on Sunday.
Weir broke the varsity and freshman records in the 100 and 200 Backstroke on the day, shattering the 200 Backstroke record by more than five seconds, which had stood since 2003. Weir's record-breaking swim in the 200 Backstroke came in 2:16.08, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:21.11 set by Stephanie Taylor on February 21, 2003. The performance also earned Weir a second-place finish and 21 points, the best individual result for the Blue Jays on the day.
Weir and the Blue Jays weren't done yet though, as another USJ record would fall in the final event of the evening - the 400 Medley Relay. Weir was the leadoff swimmer for the relay and swam the 100 Backstroke leg of the event, touching the wall in 1:03.45. Weir, who recently set the new school standand at 1:03.61, trimmed her school-record time down on Saturday en route to helping lead the 400 Medley Relay team to a sixth place finish.
USJ returns to the pool for the final day of the GNAC Championships on Sunday, February 2, starting with prelims at 9:30 a.m., followed by the finals commencing at 4:00 p.m. The three-day meet is being held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center in Wellesley, Mass.
Score (Day 2 of 3): Simmons 700, Norwich 385, Husson 381, Regis 373, Colby-Sawyer 365, Saint Joseph 289, Elms 238, Albertus Magnus 176, St. Joseph's (ME) 151
Location: Boston Sports Institute Wellesley Sports Center | Wellesley, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"Another great day of swimming and diving. Lexi [Weir] was sensational once again, and the divers were really key in getting us some valuable points. Brielle [Bergeron] finishing fourth on the 1-meter was teriffic. The swimmers are having some great time drops and really focusing on racing. We will get some rest and get ready for the final day on Sunday."
- The Blue Jays had four swimmers qualify for the finals in the 50 Backstroke who combined to earn 37 points. Sophomore Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.) qualified for the A-Final and finished 10th with a time of 31.53 to earn 13 of those points.
- Sophomore's Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) and Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) both qualified for the 100 Breaststroke A-Final and combined to earn 36 points for the Blue Jays. Martel finished fourth with a time 1:12.65 and Cios finished sixth after touching the wall in 1:15.39.
- Martel also qualified for the A-Final in the 100 Freestyle, posting a time of 56.42 to earn a sixth-place finish and 17 points for her team. She was less than a tenth of a second from breaking the USJ school record.
- Sophomore Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) scored 169.85 points across six dives from the 1-meter board to pick up a fourth place finish and 19 points for USJ.
- USJ's 400 Medley Relay team of Weir, Cios, senior Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.), and Martel combined for a time of 4:26.33, good for sixth place and 34 points, to complete the action on the evening for the Blue Jays.
NUMBER TO KNOW
49 – Bergeron is currenly the highest individual scorer amongst all competitors at the GNAC Championships, racking up 49 points towards the Blue Jays' team score.
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the final day of the GNAC Championships on Sunday, February 2, starting with prelims at 9:30 a.m., followed by the finals commencing at 4:00 p.m. The three-day meet is being held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center in Wellesley, Mass.
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