MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team placed sixth out of eight Connecticut institutions Saturday in the annual and highly-competitive 2021 Connecticut Cup, held on the campus of Wesleyan University inside Wesleyan Natatorium.
Senior captain Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) was the high scorer for the Blue Jays in a highly-competitive field all day long. Wyse was on-point in a ninth-place swim in the 400 IM, .06 seconds ahead of 10th place. He also recorded a 10th-place swim in the 100-Yard Backstroke, finishing in 57.15 seconds. Junior Maksym Ugrak (Newington, Conn.) impressed in the 50 Butterfly as well, taking 14th out of 23 swimmers in 25.52. Men's swim squeaked past the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State by a single point to claim a respectable sixth-place overall team result in the standings. U.S. Coast Guard Academy took the overall win with 567 points, followed by Connecticut College at 445, and then the hosts themselves, Wesleyan University, rounded out the podium with 375 points.
The highlight of the afternoon for USJ fans came in the 200-Yard Medley Relay, as the team of Wyse, Ugrak, junior Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.), and senior captain Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.) finished in 1:44.45, good enough for 18th of 21 relay teams, but more importantly, enough to break the school record in the event. The previous school standard by a USJ quartet was 1:45.73.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker] "It was a very impressive day for the Blue Jays. I am very proud of the medley relay team for breaking the school record in the 200. We scored valuable points and beat Eastern Connecticut in the end. David Kavanaugh (West Hartford, Conn.) also impressed on the diving board today. David does not have a three meter diving board available to practice on at USJ, and thus is only truly on a board of that height in competition, making performances like today that much more impressive. "
The Blue Jays have a few weeks off for the winter break before embarking on their yearly trip to Deerfield Beach, Fla. for winter training. Training will run from January 4-11. USJ returns to competition on Saturday, January 15 against Trinity and Clark in a double dual meet, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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