KINGSTON, R.I.— A jam-packed, record-setting weekend is complete for the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team, which finished 11th of 21 schools in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships Sunday evening. The Blue Jays finished a slim five points out of the top-10, and it was the highest-ever finish for the team in New England Championship history.
Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron Conn.) was a big part of that, as was the relay team once again. Records nearly a decade old had to go down in order for Saint Joseph to maintain 11th place. The 100 Individual Medley (IM), 100 Freestyle, and 400 Freestyle Relay were all broken on the women's side alone on the final day. It was enough to set the bar that much higher with a near top-10 finish in New England's.
Score (Day 4 of 4):
1. Roger Williams University 1519
2. Simmons University 1426
3. Keene State College 1094
4. Bridgewater State University 743.5
5. Regis 675.5
6. University of Massachusetts Da 661
7. University of New England 571
8. Husson University 460
9. Westfield State University 451
10. Norwich University 377
11. University of Saint Joseph 372
12. Plymouth State University 358
13. Western Connecticut State Univ 259
14. Eastern Connecticut State Univ 234
15. Elms College 231.5
16. Western New England University 215
17. St. Joseph's College of Maine 179.5
18. Albertus Magnus College 173
19. Maine Maritime Academy 108
20. Rhode Island College 99
21. Gordon College Swim Team 53
Location: Tootell Aquatics Center | University of Rhode Island | Kingston, R.I.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"It was a fantastic weekend for the Blue Jays. I think people took notice of what we accomplished. The women moving up a spot from last year, and the men wounding up ninth again. I couldn't have asked for a better result or any more from the team. They left it all in the pool."
- Weir set the bar for the Blue Jays with another sensational swim in the 100 IM, placing fourth with a 1:03.04. She broke her own record from two weeks ago at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships by more than a second. She was also once again just three tenths of a second away from a medal.
- The co-captain, sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) was perhaps just as impressive with her work in the 100 Free, finishing sixth in the 'A' Final in 54.85 seconds, once again tenths of a second away from a podium spot and bronze medal. She did break the school record though by a second and a half, set by Suki Hood in 2013 (56.36).
- Saint Joseph saved the best for last, as the team of Martel, sophomore Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Weir put an 11-year old record to rest in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Martel, Stotler, Cios and Weir took home 10th in 3:51.32, .06 seconds (all of a few fingertips) off the win in the B final. In doing so, they decimated the school record by nearly three seconds, set in 2009 by Weeks, Ellegard, Provencher and Wheeler. With Weir, Martel, Cios and company returning for at least another season, the best may still be yet to come for the women's swimming & diving team.
NUMBER TO KNOW
27- The Blue Jays scored 27 more points than they did in this event last season, setting a women's school record for the most points scored at the NEISDA Championships.
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