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Women's Swim & Dive Ties For Seventh At CT Cup Saturday

Women's Swim & Dive Ties For Seventh At CT Cup Saturday

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team finished tied for seventh out of eight Connecticut institutions Saturday in the annual and highly-competitive 2021 Connecticut Cup, held on the campus of Wesleyan University inside Wesleyan Natatorium.

Senior captain and diver Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) was the high scorer for USJ Saturday, in particular finishing fourth from the three-meter diving board with a score of 161.15 (13 points). Fifth and sixth were less than 10 points behind in a true battle on the board in this one. Those late 13 points were just enough to tie the Blue Jays with Western Connecticut State for seventh place in the overall standings. U.S. Coast Guard Academy swept the event on the men's and women's side, scoring 513 points to take the overall for the women. Hamilton College finished a close second with 498 points on the day, followed by another respectable showing by the hosts, Wesleyan University, who placed third on both sides, scoring 444 in the women's competition.

Senior captain Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), who has been another top performer for the Blue Jays all season, cranked out a few key swims as well, including a 14th-place effort in the 50-Yard Breaststroke (34.22 seconds) out of 28 swimmers. Cios was also 44th in a massive 64-swimmer field in the 100 Freestyle, finishing just shy of the sub one-minute mark (1:01.77), and followed that up by taking home a 16th-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke.

Junior Elizabeth Joy (Middletown, Conn.) met the B-Cut Qualifying time in the 50 Backstroke to secure a spot in the New England (NEISDA) Championships in February, touching the wall in 34.64, nearly four-tenths of a second to the good. It marked Joy's debut meet of the season; she wasted little time in making an impact.

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]  "It was a good effort today for the Blue Jays in several key areas. I am very proud of Elizabeth Joy in her first meet since returning to competition. Brielle Bergeron also impressed on the diving board today. Bergeron does not have a three-meter diving board available to her to practice on at USJ, and thus is only truly on a board of that height in competition, making performances like today's that much more impressive. "

The Blue Jays have a few weeks off for the winter break before embarking on their yearly trip to Deerfield Beach, Fla. for winter training. Training will run from January 4-11. USJ returns to competition on Saturday, January 15 against Trinity and Clark in a double dual meet, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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