June 5, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut senior Jon Wong (Toronto, Ont.) will represent his native Jamaica at the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy, from July 17-August 2, 2009.
Wong, who swims the middle distance events, will be making his third international appearance for Jamaica as he also swam at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Manchester, England, in April of 2008 and represented Jamaica at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July of 2007.
Wong is one of UConn's leading middle distance swimmers and was a BIG EAST Conference qualifier in 2008.
"Jon's appearance in the World Championships is great exposure for our program and the University," says Husky coach Bob Goldberg.
Goldberg has also announced that Wong will serve as one of eight captains on next season's team. The other captains will be: from the men's team, senior Bill Magin (Brookfield, Conn.), who swims the freestyle, senior John Hogan (Walkersville, Md.), who swims the free and the butterfly; senior Stephen Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.), who swims the backstroke, breaststroke and IM and senior diver Stephen Ferreira (Madison, Conn.); and from the women's team - senior Molly McGroarty (Linwood, N.J.), who swims the butterfly and freestyle, senior Katie Tice (Aberdeen, N.J.), who swims the butterfly, and senior Rachel Harrison (Holliston, Mass.), who swims the freestyle.
"This is a strong group of captains," says Goldberg. "I am proud to say that the four men's captains had the top four grade point averages on the team in the spring 2008 semester."