WELLESLEY, Mass.— Behind another broken record in 2019-2020, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's swimming and diving team sit in sixth of nine after day one of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships, held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center in Wellesley, Mass.
Freshman Alexia Weir (Hebron, Conn) has done it again, this time on the conference's biggest stage, breaking her second varsity record of the season as a freshman, owning the 50 Backstroke in 29.45 seconds. The previous record, 29.58, has been held by Veronika Latawiec since 2017. Weir got the record during the 200 Medley Relay, which the Blue Jays placed fifth of 20 (1:58.74). Saint Joseph is sixth after four completed women's events in the first day.
USJ returns to the pool for day two of three of the GNAC Championships on Saturday, February 1, starting with prelims at 10:30 a.m., followed by one-meter diving finals at approximately 1:30 p.m., and then swimming finals commencing at 6:00 p.m. The three-day meet is being held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center in Wellesley, Mass.
Score (Day 1 of 3): Simmons 193, Norwich 126, Colby-Sawyer 117, Husson 113, Regis 108, Saint Joseph 100, Albertus Magnus 82, Elms 77, St. Joseph's College 60
Location: Boston Sports Institute Wellesley Sports Center | Wellesley, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"I am very excited for Lexi [Weir] breaking the 50 Backstroke record for varsity and freshman. The women sit sixth, but tomorrow's a new day. I am really looking forward to some great individual swims."
- The Blue Jays opened up with a sixth-place swim in the 200 Freestyle Relay, less than four seconds away from second place.
- Sophomore Kailey Lacasse (Berlin, Conn.) was the high finisher for USJ in the 1650 Free, placing 11th in 23:46.0.
- Saint Joseph was neck and neck with Husson for fifth in the 200 Medley Relay, but were able to pull way in the third and fourth leg with the help of the captains, senior Leah Verrillo (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.).
NUMBER TO KNOW
26 – The Blue Jays sit just 26 points out of second place heading into day two. It was day two last year where USJ moved from last to third with impressive performances across the board. They hope to do that again this year.
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for day two of three of the GNAC Championships on Saturday, February 1, starting with prelims at 10:30 a.m., followed by 1-meter diving finals at approximately 1:30 p.m., and then swimming finals commencing at 6:00 p.m. The three-day meet is being held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center in Wellesley, Mass.
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