CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team finished ninth out of 16 teams at the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, wrapping up the four day meet on Sunday evening inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In the Blue Jays' inaugural season and first-ever time competing at the NEISDA Championships, they posted a top-10 finish logging a total of 134 points to claim ninth place overall. USJ edged out in-state foe Western Connecticut (131) for ninth place and nearly caught fellow GNAC opponent Husson (149) for eighth place. USJ's all-freshman team also finished ahead of GNAC counterparts Elms (98), Saint Joseph's College (73), and Colby-Sawyer (3).
Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) once again led the Blue Jays on the fourth and final day of competition. After recording a spot on the podium and earning the first-ever NEISDA medal with a third-place finish in the 400 IM on Saturday, the standout freshman highlighted the action with a top-five result on Sunday in the 100 IM. In the prelims, he raced to a time of 55.91 to qualify through to the A-Final before lowering his time to 55.81 in the A-Final for a fifth place overall finish and 14 points for the Blue Jays.
Classmate Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.) also joined Wyse competing in the 100 IM and qualified through to the B-Final. Lynch posted the 16th fastest qualifying time (1:01.82) in the prelims to earn a spot in the B-Final and then shaved his time down to 1:01.36 in the B-Final to log a 15th place overall result and two points for his squad.
The Blue Jays also qualified their all-freshman 400 Freestyle Relay team of Will Witkoski (Middlebury, Conn.), Matt Gorman (Columbia, Conn.), Lynch, and Wyse through to the B-Final after logging the ninth best qualifying time in 3:29.72. In the final event of the 2019 NEISDA Championships, the all-freshmen quartet ended strong combining to touch the wall with a time of 3:30.02 to win the B-Final heat and defend their ninth-place finish. The result was good for 18 points towards their team score.
The 2019 NEISDA Championships marks the final event of an impressive inaugural 2018-19 season for the USJ men's swimming and diving team.