KINGSTON, R.I.— The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team held serve on the final day of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, finishing a solid ninth of 14 teams Sunday after a highlight filled weekend.
The Blue Jays were led by sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) throughout the weekend, and Sunday was no different, taking fifth place in the 100-yard Individual Medley (IM), while breaking his own school record in the process. Saint Joseph also capitalized on the 400 Freestyle Relay, demolishing the school record set this time last year. Records fell left and right, and the Blue Jays kept it consistent in the end.
Score (Day 4 of 4) Final
1. Roger Williams 1041
2. Keene State 588
3. Norwich 541
4. Bridgewater State 459.5
5. UMass-Dartmouth 430
6. Maine Maritime Academy 366.5
7. Western Connecticut State 216
8. Regis 170
9. Saint Joseph 154
10. Husson 133
11. Elms 99
12. University of New England 65
13. St. Joseph's College of Maine 53
14. Eastern Connecticut State 3
Location: Tootell Aquatics Center | University of Rhode Island | Kingston, R.I
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"It was a fantastic weekend for the Blue Jays. I think people took notice of what we accomplished. The women moving up a spot from last year, and the men wounding up ninth again. I couldn't have asked for a better result or any more from the team. They left it all in the pool."
- Wyse's fifth-place swim in the 100 IM gave the Blue Jays some necessary momentum and another school record. He finished in 55.16 seconds, just .8 seconds off of his third podium of the weekend, and three quarters of a second better than his own previous school record.
- Sophomore Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.) added an 11th-place swim to back up Wyse in the 100 IM, touching the wall in 59.49, a quarter of a second ahead of 12th place.
- The men once again delivered in the relay action. In the 400 Freestyle Relay 'A' Final, the team of Lynch, senior Kevin Hobbel (Maasbracht, Netherlands), freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.), and Wyse placed seventh, scoring 24 points. In doing so, the relay team shattered last year's record by nearly four and a half seconds. The school record book is getting all that much tighter as year two in men's swimming & diving comes to an end.
NUMBER TO KNOW
9 – The men's swimming & diving team has finished ninth in back-to-back NEISDA championships in just two seasons as a program.
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