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Blue Jays Sensational, Swim Past Warriors, 163-96

Blue Jays Sensational, Swim Past Warriors, 163-96

WILLIMANTIC, Conn.— November 22nd, 1997…that was the last time the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team defeated an Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) swim team, until now, as the Blue Jays dominated the Warriors in a 163-96 dual meet dub, inside the Sports Center Pool Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays won all but three women's events, headlined by the sensational stroke of sophomore Shelby Cios (Rocky Hill, Conn.), who snagged four wins on the night (200 Medley Relay, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Individual Medley [IM]). Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn), who was fresh off shattering the USJ Varsity 100 Backstroke record, claimed four triumphs herself (200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 100 Back, and 500 Free). Co-captain and sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) took the win in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free and 100 Free.

Saint Joseph returns to the pool on Friday, January 24, in a dual meet at Trinity. The action kicks off at 5:00 p.m.

Score: Saint Joseph 163, Eastern 96
Location: Sports Center Pool | Willimantic, Conn.

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"I'm thrilled, and as Todd [Watkins, Diving Coach] and I know when we started here six years ago, Eastern was dominant in every sense of the word. The past two years, we have been creeping up on them. I told them not to worry about times, but to just race, because every race will make a difference. Eastern has been great to us over the years, they were the big team that looked out for little Saint Joseph, but [tonight] we got it done."


  • Saint Joseph set the tone in the first event, dominating the 200 Medley Relay. Weir, Cios, senior co-captain Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.), and Martel finished in 2:04.60, nearly 14 seconds ahead of the Warriors' relay.
  • Verrillo and sophomore Mackenzie Stotler (New Hartford, Conn.) both chipped in with key victories as well. Verrillo won the 50 Butterfly by just over a third of a second, touching the wall in 31.98 seconds. Stotler gave the Blue Jays nine more points with a win in the 50 Back (32.72).
  • Time and time again, USJ found ways to get it done in crunch time. In an event she is not accustomed to, Weir put the team on her back with a win in the 500 Free, leaving a little in the tank in the final 100 yards. She finished first in 5:51.77, three-tenths of a second ahead of second place.


19.25 – Weir walked away in the 200 Free, winning with a time of 2:14.74, 19.25 seconds ahead of second place alone, and more than 30 seconds ahead of the closest Eastern swimmer.

Saint Joseph returns to the pool on Friday, January 24, in a dual meet at Trinity. The action kicks off at 5:00 p.m.

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