WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Records fell inside Bruyette Natatorium on Senior Night Friday evening, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team competed in an exhibition meet in conjunction with both the USJ women's swim and dive team, and fellow Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe, Albertus Magnus College (AMC).
The Blue Jays honored captain Alise Martel (Harwinton, Conn.) of the women's team before kicking things off in their first in-person meet of the 2020-21 season. The men's team saw a varsity and freshman record broken and another freshman record tied, more than enough to keep the faithful fans tuned in live on www.usjbluejays.com. Saint Joseph went on to impress with fast times across the board in this non-scoring meet, which would be the final event of an abbreviated season.
Albertus Magnus vs. Saint Joseph
Location: Bruyette Natatorium | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"Today's meet was an absolute success on both sides. We had a lot of personal-best swims, too many to count really. We were just happy that we had a season to train, do some virtual meets, and have a little in-person competition as well."
- The night belonged to not only the seniors, but to several freshmen, including Brandon Scacca (Rocky Hill, Conn.) who demolished the 200-yard breaststroke varsity and freshman record, touching the wall in 2:28.36, nearly 16 seconds quicker than the previous varsity record holder, his teammate and junior captain Jack Monroe (Waterbury, Conn.). Scacca was also in a class of his own in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning by nearly five seconds with a time of 1:07.60. He placed runner-up in his other two individual events. It marked a complete effort from the freshman that is sure to stand out throughout the offseason.
- Freshman Maksym Ugrak (Newington, Conn.) also turned heads with three wins on the night, including in the 100-yard butterfly, where he tied the freshman record with a time of 57.39 seconds, nearly five seconds in front of the pack. The record, now shared with junior captain Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.), has stood for more than two years. Ugrak impressed with two other wins on the night, including the 100-yard IM and 50-yard freestyle.
NUMBER TO KNOW
15- The Blue Jays touched the wall first in all 15 events of the meet.
The season has come to an end for the USJ swimming & diving team, which will now begin offseason training in preparation for a highly anticipated 2021-22 season.
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