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Freshmen Up Front In First Women's Swim & Dive Meet of Season

Freshmen Up Front In First Women's Swim & Dive Meet of Season

WESTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team got back to business Saturday, but ultimately dropped the opening double dual meet of the 2021-22 season to Regis College (RC) and the University of New England (UNE).

Regis College vs. Saint Joseph vs. University of New England
Score: USJ 91, UNE 195 | USJ 81, Regis 199
Location: Regis Pool | Weston, Mass.

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"It was so refreshing to see our team on the blocks, it was exciting to race after 20 months away from serious Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) competition. We had some fantastic races that went our way, but we realize there is still a lot of work to be done going forward to keep the momentum going as we try to hit personal bests."


  • Senior captain Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was engaged and highly effective in the water for USJ Saturday, claiming a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 and 100 Yard Breaststroke events. The 50 Breaststroke clocked in at 36.15 seconds, a second and a half off a podium finish. She was also fourth of nine in the 100 breaststroke.
  • Freshman Ella Warner (Ptuney, Vt.) turned some heads in her collegiate debut, capturing a win in the one-meter diving with a 162.4 overall score, just ahead of her teammate and senior diving captain, Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) [Pictured]. She was also runner-up in the second round of one meter diving at 219.45 points, just shy of the win at 233.40.


3 - The highest individual swim finish of the day went to another rookie, freshman Gabriela Targonska (Newington, Conn.), who took a podium swim in the 50 yard freestyle out of 10 swimmers. Her 28.5 second time was only a quarter of a second away from a runner-up finish.

The Blue Jays will waste no time getting back in the pool, as they get set for the extremely competitive Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m. in Bristol, R.I.

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