WELLESLEY, Mass.— The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team took home fourth place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships, held at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI) Wellesley Sports Center on this final January weekend. The Blue Jays scored 60 points on the final day, totaling 166, and were just 13 points out of third place.
Saint Joseph relied on its sophomore stud, Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) who was less than a second off the GNAC Championship meet record in the 100 Backstroke, finishing first by nearly two seconds. Those 11 points went a long way, as the Blue Jays placed fourth in the final event of the night, the 400 Freestyle Relay, to maintain that fourth finishing position.
USJ returns to the pool for the final meet of the season, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, a four-day event kicking off on Thursday, February 13, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I.
Score (Day 3 of 3): Norwich 466, Husson 192, Regis 179, Saint Joseph 166, Elms 133, St. Joseph's (ME) 91, Colby-Sawyer 39
Location: Boston Sports Institute Wellesley Sports Center | Wellesley, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"I was really pleased with our men's fourth-place finish, up two from last year. We were only 13 points out from third, and if we had beaten Regis in that last relay, it would've sealed the deal. All seven men did everything that was asked of them, and like the women, are now focused on improving our standing at the New England championships in a few weeks."
- Wyse set the tone with one of the all-time great swims in the short history of the USJ men's swimming & diving program. His 100 Back time was less than a second off the all-time GNAC championship meet record, a 54.10, held by Kiet Luong since 2014. His 54.79 was nearly two seconds ahead of second place, and good for 11 of USJ's 60 points.
- Freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.) placed fifth in the 100 Back as well, adding six more points in a 1:02.24.
- Sophomore team captain Jack Monroe (Waterbury, Conn.) added a fifth-place swim in the 200 Breaststroke out of eight swimmers, touching the wall in 2:45.01, good for six more points.
- In the final event, the 400 Free Relay, Saint Joseph did all it could to maintain fourth, and find any way to take third in the overall standings. Sophomore Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.), senior Kevin Hobbel (Maasbracht, Netherlands), Gauvin and Wyse combined to take fourth of six relays in 3:28.91, taking 14 points overall, enough to secure the best finish in school history.
NUMBER TO KNOW
13 – Win or lose, the Blue Jays fought to the very end. They finished 13 points off a podium finish in just the second season in program history. They finished sixth last season.
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for the final meet of the season, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, a four-day event kicking off on Thursday, February 13, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I.
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