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Women's Swim & Dive Finishes Sixth At GNAC Championships

Women's Swim & Dive Finishes Sixth At GNAC Championships

WELLESLEY, Mass.— Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron Conn.) wrapped up an impressive debut at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships Sunday, leading the charge, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team finished sixth of nine schools overall, on the final day of action once again held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center.

Weir, who broke the varsity and freshman school records in the 100 and 200 Backstroke on day two for USJ, added a third- and fifth-place finish Sunday to complete a well-rounded weekend performance. Sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) also had a third-place swim in the 50-Yard Freestyle. The Blue Jays, who had five impressive swims in A-Finals, were sixth after all three days of the GNAC Championships.
 
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the final meet of the season, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, a four-day event kicking off on Thursday, February 13, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I.

MEET INFORMATION
Score (Day 3 of 3): Simmons 1181.5, Regis 692, Husson 658.5, Colby-Sawyer 635, Norwich 570.5, Saint Joseph 443.5, Elms 335, Albertus Magnus 305, St. Joseph's (ME) 287
Location: Boston Sports Institute Wellesley Sports Center | Wellesley, Mass.

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"I saw quite a bit of improvement from some other teams this year. Our sixth-place finish was solid based on our numbers coming in, and we had good all-around swims from everyone, a few exceptional swims as well. We are focusing now on New England's, and more specifically, improving upon our finish from 2019."

KEY MOMENTS

  • Weir took home third in the 100 Individual Medley in 1:04.14, good for 20 critical points. She was less than a second off the lead (.54). She also finished fifth in the 100 Back with a time of 1:02.06, and another 18 points for USJ.
  • Sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), who may have improved more than any swimmer this season, snagged two top-seven finishes in A-Finals Sunday, first a seventh-place swim in the 200 Breaststroke in 2:45.82. She wrapped it up with a fourth-place swim in the 50 Breaststroke, a swim that came down to the millisecond (34.720). Cios ended up tied for fourth with Haley McCurdy of Simmons. They were both awarded 18.5 points.
  • Martel equaled her young teammate Weir with a third-place swim of her own in the 50 Freestyle, and was in range for the win. She touched the wall in 25.56, less than half a second off the lead. She scored 20 points.

NUMBER TO KNOW

38 – Weir was the top scorer for the Blue Jays with 38 points, and the 10th highest scorer on day three of 49 women's swimmers.

UP NEXT
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the final meet of the season, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, a four-day event kicking off on Thursday, February 13, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I.

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