NEW LONDON, N.H. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team split a tightly contested Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) double dual meet against the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer College and the Falcons of Albertus Magnus College, on the campus of Colby-Sawyer Friday evening.
Senior captain Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) got the ball rolling for the Blue Jays with a wire-to-wire victory in the 50-Yard Breaststroke, finishing in 35.16 seconds, nearly two-tenths of a second in front of a hard-charging Mary Steward of Colby-Sawyer. She followed it up with another key performance, this one in the 200 Breaststroke, winning by a much heftier margin (3.3 seconds). She wrapped up a captain-like performance with a second-place swim in the 100 IM, finishing comfortably in the runner-up spot.
Senior captain and diver Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) was stellar in her performance on both the one- and three-meter diving boards. She executed dives for the first time this season off the three-meter board, scoring some much-needed points as the meet carried on. Bergeron also made contributions in the 200 Backstroke and 200 Medley Relay.
Other key swimmers on the meet included freshman Ailey Driscoll (Bristol, Conn.), who was mere inches from victory in the 200 Free, touching the wall in 2:19.33, .11 seconds from victory in an eight-swimmer field. Driscoll matched her pace with another second-place swim in the 100 Free. Freshman Amy Mamica (Rocky Hill, Conn.) also picked up a runner-up finish, this one in the 50 Free. Mamica finished in 29.67 seconds, and was one of two swimmers in the sub-30 second bracket (nine swimmers total). USJ's effort on the night was enough to squeak past the Falcons to take one of two in the double dual meet.
Saint Joseph vs. Albertus Magnus vs. Colby-Sawyer
Score: CSC 159, USJ 92 | USJ 139, AMC 119 |
Location: Knight Natatorium | New London, N.H.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker] "It was a tough battle out there on the women's side, but we were happy to walk away with a split. We also had time drops across the board tonight, which is a positive sign. I am looking for peak performances to culminate at the Connecticut Cup to finish out the first semester."
The Blue Jays have a few weeks to prepare before setting their sights on the Connecticut Cup, a multi-team event held at Wesleyan University on Saturday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m.
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