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Women's Swim 11th Heading Into Final Day Of NEISDA's

Women's Swim 11th Heading Into Final Day Of NEISDA's

KINGSTON, R.I.— Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron Conn.) broke another varsity record, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team sits in 11th place of 21 schools after day three of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships Saturday.

Solid finishes in the 'A' Final of several events gave the Blue Jays enough points to stay in striking distance of Norwich in 10th. Weir took a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard Backstroke, and broke the varsity school record in the 50 Back during the team's 200 Medley Relay. Solid relay finishes were again enough to tally up USJ's totals heading into the final day of New England competition.

Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the pivotal fourth and final day of the NEISDA Championships on Sunday, February 16, 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 5:30 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.

MEET INFORMATION
Score (Day 3 of 4):  
 1. Roger Williams 1056
 2. Simmons 941
 3. Keene State 790
 4. Bridgewater State 511.5
 5. Regis 489.5
 6. UMass-Dartmouth 476
 7. University of New England 432
 8. Westfield State 322
 9. Husson 316
10. Norwich 284
11. Saint Joseph 277
12. Plymouth State 251
13. Western Connecticut State 218
14. Eastern Connecticut State 176
15. Elms 165
16. Western New England 138
17. St. Joseph's College of Maine 131
18. Albertus Magnus 109
19. Maine Maritime Academy 97
20. Rhode Island College 70
21. Gordon 38

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

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"This team is truly swimming out of their minds. We've got personal bests across the board, both men and women. We are on fire right now, and it is thanks in part to Jake [Wyse]'s crushing victory! Lexi [Weir] also continues to break varsity records as a freshman! I am thrilled for the team. One day left to leave it all on the line."

KEY MOMENTS

  • Sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) was the best of the B-Final by more than a third of a second in the 100 Breaststroke, taking ninth place in 1:11.16, and earning 20 points towards the team total.
  • Weir was just over a second off the podium and her first career medal in the 100 Back, finishing sixth with a 1:01.92.
  • The relays were again critical to the overall standings. The Blue Jays claimed seventh place in the 200 Medley Relay with a 1:56.86, finishing a fingertip away from sixth (.01 seconds). Weir broke the varsity record as a freshman (common phrase these days) in the 50 Back during this event, touching in 29.29 seconds, slicing through her own record from three weeks ago (29.45). Weir, sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), senior co-captain Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.), and Martel completed the relay.
  • The final relay, the 200 Freestyle, saw the Blue Jays place sixth in 1:44.83, about a second and a half off of fourth. Martel, sophomore Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), Cios and Weir completed the relay.

NUMBER TO KNOW
7 – The Blue Jays sit a mere seven points out of 10th place in the overall standings. A move back to 10th by the end of the final day would complete one of the team's goal of a top-10 finish. They finished 12th of 20 schools last year.

UP NEXT
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the pivotal fourth and final day of the NEISDA Championships on Sunday, February 16, 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 5:30 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.

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