WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team picked up key wins throughout the meet to defeat Colby-Sawyer College (CSC), 114-90, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference dual meet, inside the Bruyette Natatorium Saturday.
The Blue Jays will be back in action next on Saturday, December 7 when they compete in the Connecticut Cup, hosted by Wesleyan University at 10:00 a.m.
Who else but sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) to take care of business for the Blue Jays. He won three singles events (100 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley [IM]), to lead the way. Nothing came easy though, as Wyse only won his three events by an average of less than one and a half seconds. His triumph in the 200 IM was enough to end any chance of an upset in the overall though. He trailed most of the event, but in the final two strokes, he pulled alongside and cleared freshman Kaleo Kihleng (Pohnpei, Micronesia) by 1.5 seconds (2:08.4).
Score: Saint Joseph 114, Colby-Sawyer 90
Location: Bruyette Natatorium | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"When we got to the last three or four events, I felt that even if we didn't win that last relay, Jake would be strong in the IM and the 500 Free, and he put the hammer down for us."
- Sophomore Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.) got things going for USJ with a must-see win in the 50 Free, touching with a time of 24.74 seconds, just over two seconds ahead of second place. Nine quick points for the Blue Jays.
- Wyse put the pedal to the floor in his three wins, including a tight battle to the very end in the 500 Free, defeating junior team captain Garrett Scahill (Manville, R.I.) by less than a second.
- The Chargers won the finale, the 400 Medley Relay, by nearly five seconds, but by then, USJ had clinched the victory.
NUMBER TO KNOW
3 – USJ won three of the final five men's events to clinch the overall win.
- Freshman Zachary Nielsen (Berlin, Conn.) scored much-needed points for USJ in the diving department. Diving coach Todd Watkins said he was "very proud" of Nielsen's improvement.
- CSC captured all of the relay events.
- Kihleng impressed in the 100 Free with a dominant five-second win, nearly six seconds ahead of the first Blue Jay swimmer.
The Blue Jays will be back in action next on Saturday, December 7, when they compete in the Connecticut Cup, hosted by Wesleyan University at 10:00 a.m.
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