WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team currently sits fourth out of six schools after the first of three virtual events this month, part of the Roger Williams University Virtual Swim Series.
The Blue Jays got things going with an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard relay, but were able to squeeze out some more points despite a very high bar set by five other men's swim teams across the region. Junior captain Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.) led the charge for USJ with notable performances in the 50-yard Backstroke and 50-Freestyle, enough to keep the Blue Jays afloat over some of their competition.
Score (Meet 1 of 3): Roger Williams 546.5, Babson 520.5, Norwich 173, Saint Joseph 36, Gordon 32, Colby-Sawyer 3
Location: Bruyette Natatorium (Virtual) | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"It was our first competition since December, and I thought the team swam well. It's good for them to see the fast times coming in from schools like Babson and Roger Williams, it motivates them to keep working in the pool moving forward."
- Lynch finished 18th of 27 swimmers in the 50-back with a time of 29.91 seconds, just over two seconds away from a top-10 finish. Newcomer, freshman Joseph Guerin (Bristol, Conn.), finished right behind him in 19th with a 30.81. Junior captain Jack Monroe (Waterbury, Conn.) was not far back either in 21st (33.96).
- Lynch added a 21st–place swim of 46 athletes in the 50-free with a 24.60, a second and a half off the top-10.
- Freshman Maksym Ugrak (Newington, Conn.) made key contributions as well with a 19th-place swim in the 100-Individual Medley (1:04.29).
NUMBER TO KNOW
4 - The Blue Jays hold a slim four-point lead over Gordon College for fourth in the men's standings after the first virtual meet. They will look to maintain that lead as meet number two draws near.
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for virtual meet two of three of the Roger Williams University Virtual Swim Series. Results and updated points standings from meet two are expected to be released early next week.
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