WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team competed in an exhibition meet with fellow Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and intrastate foe, Albertus Magnus College (AMC), inside Bruyette Natatorium on Senior Night Friday evening.
The Blue Jays honored captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) in style with a senior night celebration, before making moves in the pool. Martel competed in four events and was the highest finishing women's swimmer each time. This in-person, non-scoring exhibition meet was the final event of a shortened 2020-21 season for USJ swimming & diving, which will now focus on a full schedule of offseason training before a highly anticipated 2021-22 campaign.
Albertus Magnus vs. Saint Joseph
Location: Bruyette Natatorium | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"Today's meet was an absolute success. We had a lot of personal best swims, too many to count really. We were just happy that we had a season to train as well, do some virtual meets, and honor our senior in Alise Martel."
- Martel took fifth in the mixed (men and women) 50-yard freestlye with a time of 26.24 seconds, just a second and a half away from a podium finish. All eyes were on Martel in the 100-yard free as well, where she placed second of six swimmers, turning in a time of 58.92 seconds, less than two seconds from touching the wall first. Martel wrapped up her individual events with a third-place swim in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:16.83.
- Sophomore Elizabeth Joy (Middletown, Conn.) also played a part in the Blue Jays' success Friday evening with a pair of third-place swims, first in the 200 free in 2:23.04, less than a second from a runner-up finish, and finally in the 100 backstroke, coming in at 1:14.17.
NUMBER TO KNOW
15- The Blue Jays touched the wall first in all 15 events on the meet.
The season has come to an end for the swimming & diving team, which will now begin offseason training in preparation for a highly anticipated 2021-22 season.
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