WINTHROP, Mass. - Sophomore Jacob Wyse (Broad Brook, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's swimming and diving team was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Athlete of the Week, announced by the conference front office Monday afternoon. It marks the first career Athlete of the Week nod for Wyse, after earning GNAC Rookie of the Year honors for the 2018-19 season.
Wyse made history at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships this past weekend, earning a gold medal with his first-place swim in the 400-yard Individual Medley (IM). It was the first gold medal in school history, and his third career NEISDA medal, after earning a bronze last year, and a silver in the 200 IM this year (.02 seconds away from grabbing two gold medals in one weekend). Wyse made it all look easy, extending his lead more than a second at a time in the first, fifth and sixth legs of his gold medal triumph. He finished in 4:13.13, breaking the varsity school record in the 400 IM, and claiming victory by well over three seconds.
COACH QUOTE [Brenda Straker]
"He's a talented athlete that has taken it to a whole other level this year. He was determined from start to finish, always looking for the next way to improve, either in the weight room or the pool. He motivates me as a coach to be great, and I couldn't be prouder of what he has accomplished this season."
The sophomore stud led the Blue Jays with 51 points in individual events in the four-day NEISDA Championships, scoring one-third of the Blue Jays' team total (154) with his three IM swims alone. He also improved on several of his current school records in both individual and relay events. Saint Joseph finished ninth of 14 schools in the season's final event. It is the second-straight season the Blue Jays have finished ninth, in just their second year as a program.
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