WESTON, Mass. – A flock of four Blue Jays on the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming & diving team received all-new England honors as part of the 2019-2020 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, announced by the association earlier this month.
Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn.), sophomore co-captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.), and sophomore diver Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) were named to the All-New England Team, which requires a top-eight finish in an individual event, or a top-four finish as a relay team. Weir, Martel and Bergeron were three of 79 female swimmers who made the All-New England Team. It is the second All-New England team honor in a row for Bergeron. Sophomore Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.) was also one of 35 athletes named to the NEISDA All-Sportsmanship team.
The Blue Jays closed the 2019-2020 campaign with an 11th-place finish of 21 schools in the NEISDA Championships, finishing a slim five points out of the top-10, the highest-ever finish for the team in New England Championship history. The Blue Jays also scored 27 more points than they did in this event last season, setting a women's school record for the most points scored at the NEISDA Championships.
Numerous school records were broken on the weekend, as Weir and Martel both came fingertips away from their first NEISDA medals with third and fourth-place finishes in multiple events. The relay team of Martel, Stotler, sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Weir put an 11-year old record to rest in the final event of the weekend, the 400 Freestyle Relay, taking home 10th in 3:51.32, .06 seconds (all of a few fingertips) off the win in the B-Final. In doing so, they decimated the school record by nearly three seconds, set back in 2009. Bergeron also made contributions throughout the weekend on the diving board.
About the NEISDA
Founded in 1920, The New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) is a coach-run association made up of 21 Division III member institutions from 6 Conferences in New England. NEISDA annually sponsors and administers a championship for those qualifying swimmers and divers in February. For more information go to www.NEISDA.com.
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