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Men's Swim & Dive Fourth After Day Two of GNAC Championships

Men's Swim & Dive Fourth After Day Two of GNAC Championships

WELLESLEY, Mass.— The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team sits in fourth place after the conclusion of the second day of action at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships, held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center. The Blue Jays have totaled 106 points through two days and are just 15 points behind second place.

The Blue Jays used key contributions from sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) and their diving tandem of freshmen Zachary Nielsen (Berlin, Conn.) and David Kavanaugh (West Hartford, Conn.) to stay within striking distance of second place. The trio combined to accumulate 31 points on the day toward their team's score. 

Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the final day of the GNAC Championships on Sunday, February 2, starting with prelims at 9:30 a.m., followed by the finals commencing at 4:00 p.m. The three-day meet is being held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center in Wellesley, Mass.

MEET INFORMATION
Score (Day 2 of 3): Norwich 271, Husson 121, Regis 119, Saint Joseph 106, Elms 59, St. Joseph's (ME) 58, Colby-Sawyer 20
Location: Boston Sports Institute Wellesley Sports Center | Wellesley, Mass.

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"Another great day of swimming and diving. Jake [Wyse] continues to post some great times, and the divers were really key in getting us some valuable points. Zach [Nielsen] finishing third and David [Kavanugh] finishing fifth on the 1-meter was teriffic. The swimmers are having some great time drops and really focusing on racing. We will get some rest and get ready for the final day on Sunday."

KEY MOMENTS

  • Sophomore's Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.) and Jack Monroe (Waterbury, Conn.) both qualified for the 50 Backstroke A-Final and combined to earn nine points for the Blue Jays. Lynch finished sixth with a time of 27.62 and Monroe finished seventh after touching the wall in 30.25.
  • Wyse posted his first of two podium finishes on the day in the 100 Butterfly, logging a runner-up swim with a time of 53.22. The result brought in nine points for the Blue Jays.
  • Wyse followed that up with a third-place finish in the 200 Backstroke. He touched the wall in 2:03.72 to grab eight more points for the team.
  • Nilsen and Kavanaugh were crucial for the Blue Jays from the 1-meter board. Nilsen took third overall after scoring 174.50 points across six dives and Kavanaugh tallied 98.40 points to claim fifth place.
  • USJ's 400 Medley Relay team of freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.), Wyse, Lynch, and senior Kevin Hobbel (Maasbracht, Netherlands) combined for a time of 4:00.33, good for fourth place and 14 points, to complete the action on the evening for the Blue Jays.

NUMBER TO KNOW

15 - The Blue Jays sit just 15 points off second place overall in the GNAC Championships. They finished sixth last season.

UP NEXT
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the final day of the GNAC Championships on Sunday, February 2, starting with prelims at 9:30 a.m., followed by the finals commencing at 4:00 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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