CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming & diving team posted a 16th place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay to open the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving (NEISDA) Championships at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass. on Thursday night.
In the lone and opening event of the four-day NEISDA Championships on Thursday night, USJ's 800-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), junior Taylor Houghtaling (East Hartford, Conn.), junior Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.), and freshman Brielle Bergeron (Easthampton, Mass.) combined to post a time of 9:46.64 to grab the 16th place overall finish. Cios, the lead swimmer of the relay team, logged the fastest split on the evening wrapping up her leg in 2:14.78. Houghtaling was next with a split of 2:23.61 followed by Bergeron (2:34.08) and Verrillo (2:34.17).
The result earned the Blue Jays 22 points towards their team score and they sit in 16th place out of 18 teams after the opening night of action.
The Blue Jays return to the pool on Friday morning for day two of the NEISDA Championships at 10:00 a.m. to compete in the preliminaries before contesting in the finals at 6:00 p.m.