Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Early Fireworks For Women's Swim & Dive In NEISDA Championships

Early Fireworks For Women's Swim & Dive In NEISDA Championships

KINGSTON, R.I.— Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron Conn.) and sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) led a record-breaking charge, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team held onto 10th place of 21 schools after day two of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships Friday. 

Martel had the best swim of her young career, taking fourth in the 50-yard Freestyle, eight-hundreths of a second shy of her first NEISDA medal. She did break her own school record from nearly a year ago. Weir broke her own varsity 200 Backstroke record with a solid fifth-place swim to lead the way for the Blue Jays.

Saint Joseph returns to the pool for day three of the NEISDA Championships, a four-day event continuing on Saturday, February 15, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I. Prelims start at 10:00 a.m., and the finals begin at 6:00 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.

MEET INFORMATION
Score (Day 2 of 4):  

1. Roger Williams 589
2. Simmons 472
3. Keene State 376
4. UMass-Dartmouth 247
5. Bridgewater State 237
6. University of New England 226
7. Regis 220
8. Husson 148
9. Westfield State 145
10. Saint Joseph 108
11. Plymouth State 93
12. Western Connecticut State 92
13. Eastern Connecticut State 91
14. Western New England 89
15. Norwich 86
16. Elms 81
17. St. Joseph's College of Maine 78
18. Maine Maritime Academy 52
19. Albertus Magnus 48
20. Rhode Island College 39
21. Gordon 7

Location: Tootell Aquatics Center | University of Rhode Island | Kingston, R.I.

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"We had such a great morning, with both the men and women breaking the 400 medley relay records. We followed it up with good swims all evening long, even improving on already broken records…and Alise was nearly on the New England podium! It was truly an amazing night for us, and I cannot wait for what is still to come for the Blue Jays."

KEY MOMENTS

  • Martel was just over half a second away from becoming NEISDA champion in the 50 Free, with a time of 24.78, good for fourth place out of eight in the 'A' Final. She knocked three tenths of a second off her own record in both the prelims and in the final.
  • Weir also trimmed down her own record in the 200 Back with a 2:15.38, nearly three-quarters of a second faster than her previous varsity record. Weir was one-hundredth (.01) of a second behind fourth place, a true photo finish to the wall.
  • Sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) snagged a 16th-place swim in the 50 Breaststroke with a 34.26, just over a second from the top-10. She earned 11 points.
  • The relay team of Weir, Cios, senior co-captain Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.), and Martel grabbed a 10th place finish in the 400 Medley Relay, and broke another school record. They finished in 4:22.10, more than two seconds ahead of 11th. They broke last year's 400 MR record by .17 seconds, and scored 34 points.

NUMBER TO KNOW

.08 – Martel was mere fingertips away from her first NEISDA medal with her fourth-place 50-Free swim. The medal went to Nicole Ansley of Norwich.

UP NEXT
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for day three of the NEISDA Championships, a four-day event continuing on Saturday, February 15, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I. Prelims start at 10:00 a.m., and the finals begin at 6:00 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.

Follow USJ Athletics
For the latest on University of Saint Joseph athletics, follow the Blue Jays on social media on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

Fans can also download the USJ Front Row Mobile App and subscribe to our Newsletter and Text Alerts#FearTheFlock #GoBlueJays