WESTON, Mass. – More awards and recognition to hand out for the University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving team, as sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) has been voted as the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Men's Athlete of the Week for the fourth week of the 2019-2020 season, announced Wednesday by the association.
Wyse was recognized for his sheer will in the water during Saturday's Louise Goodrum Invitational, hosted by UMass Dartmouth, where he took on "the gauntlet", that is, swimming in all 11 individual events (except the 1650) and both relays. Wyse was a man possessed from start to finish, winning four events (100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, and 100 IM), and placing second in another three (100 Back, 100 Breaststroke and 50 Fly). He was first to hit the edge for the Blue Jays in every men's event, and finished fifth or higher in all but one singles' swim. The sophomore stud won in a variety of ways, including wire to wire in three of the four (1.1 seconds or less), and by more than 10 seconds in the 500 Free (5:21.24).
Wyse set the bar in USJ's inaugural men's swimming and diving season last year. He holds an astonishing 19 school records, including 15 freshman records. He is best known for winning the school's first-ever swimming medal with a third-place finish in the 400 IM in the 2018-2019 NEISDA Championships. Wyse flat-out stole the show for USJ at the 2018-2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships, winning in the 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:05.40, half a second in front.
This is the first NEISDA Men's Athlete of the Week honor for Wyse, and the first in the short history of the men's swimming and diving team.
The swimming and diving teams will both hit the water this Friday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m. for the first of two double-dual meets in the 2019-2020 season. Friday's meet will be against Elms College and Albertus Magnus College, held on the campus of Elms College, in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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