KINGSTON , R.I.— The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team, led by sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) and a former WWRX ,sit 10th of 14 teams after a dramatic day two of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships Friday.
Wyse came two one-hundreths (.02) of a second away from being
crowned the New England champion in the 200-yard Individual Medley
(IM), shattering the varsity school record in the process. In doing
so, he earned his second-career NEISDA medal, after finishing third
in the 400 IM last year as a freshman. The swim served as a
springboard for the Blue Jays, who also broke the 400 Medley Relay
school record, en route to a seventh-place finish in the 'A'
Saint Joseph returns to the pool for day three of the NEISDA Championships, a four-day event continuing on Saturday, February 15, at the Tootell Aquatics Center, on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I. Prelims start at 10:00 a.m., and the finals begin at 6:00 p.m. the same evening. The full schedule of times and events can be found here.
Score (Day 2 of 4) Through Event 16
1. Roger Williams 367
2. Norwich 184
3. Keene State 162
4. UMass-Dartmouth 152
5. Bridgewater State 147
6. Maine Maritime 139
7. Western Connecticut State 80
8. Regis 51
9. Elms 46
10. Saint Joseph 41
11. Husson 26
12. St. Joseph's College of Maine 14
13. University of New England 2
13. Eastern Connecticut State 2
Location: Tootell Aquatics Center | University of Rhode Island |
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"We had such a great morning, with both the men and women breaking the 400 medley relay records. We followed it up with good swims all evening long, even improving on already broken records…and Jake was nearly New England champion! It was truly an amazing night for us, and I cannot wait for what is still to come for the Blue Jays."
- Wyse, who put men's swim on the map in last year's NEISDA championships by winning a medal in the 400 IM, was a fingertip or two away from bringing the house down in the 200 IM, finishing a remarkable runner-up with a 1:57.86, .02 seconds behind John Babuka of Roger Williams, a school dominating the overall standings in both the men and women thus far. Wyse also broke the varsity school record in the process. The 400 IM will kick off on day three, as Wyse looks to defend his third-place medal from 2019.
- The men impressed in the 400 Medley Relay as well, as the team of freshman Aaron Gauvin (Berlin, Conn.), Wyse, sophomore Brendan Lynch (Watertown, Conn.), and senior Kevin Hobbel (Maasbracht, Netherlands) improved on their already broken record from the morning prelims by nearly two and a half seconds, finishing with a 3:53.89 in the A-Final, and seventh place in the event.
NUMBER TO KNOW
9 – The men's swimming & diving team placed ninth of 16 schools in the NEISDA's last season. The Blue Jays' primary goal is to improve on that finishing position in year two. They sit just five points out of ninth, and 10 out of eighth.