NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team took care of business Saturday afternoon, sweeping all three of its competitors in dominant fashion; Saint Joseph's College of Maine (SJC), Elms College (ELMS) and Albertus Magnus College (AMC), in the first-ever Falcon Invitational, held inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center, on the campus of Albertus Magnus.
Senior captain Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was in a groove Saturday for the Blue Jays, taking the win in the 50-Yard Breaststroke in 35.62 seconds, over three seconds ahead of the next closest swimmer (nine swimmers in total). Cios also had a solid swim in the 200 Breaststroke, finishing in the second position. Freshman Ailey Driscoll (Bristol, Conn.) was right behind Cios in that event to get on the podium, while freshman Amy Mamica (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took home the 200 Butterfly in a head-to-head matchup with AMC. Mamica touched the wall nearly 20 seconds in front (2:56.25). She was also second in one of the toughest swims of the day: the 500 Freestyle. Mamica finished runner-up in 6:21.46. Freshman Gabriela Targonska (Newington, Conn.) was impressive once again in her own right, taking a win in the 50 Butterfly (30.83), and a runner-up finish in the 200 Backstroke (2:30.98), just a second behind the leader. Targonska then put it in high gear with a huge win in the 200 IM late in the meet.
Saint Joseph vs. Saint Joseph's College of Maine vs. Elms vs. Albertus Magnus
Score: USJ 122, SJC 103 | USJ 167, Elms 31| USJ 145, AMC 101
Location: Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center | New Haven, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"What a day for the Blue Jays. Both the men and the women did what they needed to get the final results over our competitors. I am super proud of the effort on both sides, and we look forward to continuing to show other schools what we are capable of.
The Blue Jays will continue their road GNAC swing with a visit to New London, N.H. and the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer College, on Friday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.
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