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Wyse Goes For Gold, Men's Swim Moves to 9th In NEISDA's

Wyse Goes For Gold, Men's Swim Moves to 9th In NEISDA's

KINGSTON, R.I.— Anchored by a gold medal performance from sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.), the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team moved to 9th of 14 teams after day three of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships Saturday.

Wyse is officially a champion of New England with his win in the 400-yard Individual Medley. It was bedlam in the Tootel Center as he accepted his goal medal on the top step of the podium. He made it all look easy, extending his lead more than a second at a time in the first, fifth and sixth legs. He finished in 4:13.13, breaking the varsity school record, and claiming victory by well over three seconds. It is the first-ever gold medal in the NEISDA's under head coach Brenda Straker. Solid team performances in the 'B' Final of both relays propelled the Blue Jays to ninth, 41 points away from accomplishing their goal; improving on the ninth-place finish from this time a year ago.

Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the pivotal fourth and final day of the NEISDA Championships on Sunday, February 16, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I. Prelims start at 10:00 a.m., and the finals begin at 5:30 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.

MEET INFORMATION
Score (Day 3 of 4) Through Event 34

 1. Roger Williams 711
 2. Keene State 394
 3. Norwich 376
 4. Bridgewater State 333
 5. UMass-Dartmouth 293
 6. Maine Maritime Academy 274
 7. Western Connecticut State 150
 8. Regis 148
 9. Saint Joseph 107
10. Husson 100
11. Elms 84
12. University of New England 40
13. St. Joseph's College of Maine 37
14. Eastern Connecticut State 3

Location: Tootell Aquatics Center | University of Rhode Island | Kingston, R.I

COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"This team is truly swimming out of their minds. We've got personal bests across the board, both men and women. We are on fire right now, and it is thanks in part to Jake [Wyse]'s crushing victory! He said to me that his race strategy was right on target from start to finish. I am thrilled for him and the team. One day left to leave it all on the line."

KEY MOMENTS

  • Wyse walked out of the pool with his first gold medal, second medal of the weekend, and third medal of his career. He improved on his prelims time by 5.18 seconds. It was the largest improvement of anyone in the A-Final, and the second largest improvement by any swimmer in the event. The dub scored 20 big points.
  • The men impressed in the 200 Medley Relay as well, as the team of sophomore captain Jack Monroe (Waterbury, Conn.), Wyse, sophomore Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.), and freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.), sliced through the school record by two-tenths of a second, finishing in 10th place with a time of 1:45.73, half a second off the top spot in the B-Final. The second relay, the 200 Freestyle, saw Lynch, senior Kevin Hobbel (Maasbracht, Netherlands), Gauvin and Wyse put their heads together one more time to score critical late-day points. The 9th place finish was tops in the B-Final (1:33.67) by nearly two seconds, and scored 18 points in the day's final event.

NUMBER TO KNOW

41 – The men's swimming & diving team sits 41 points out of eighth place. An eighth-place finish overall would be the highest NEISDA finish in the program's short history.

UP NEXT
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the pivotal fourth and final day of the NEISDA Championships on Sunday, February 16, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I. Prelims start at 10:00 a.m., and the finals begin at 5:30 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.

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