Dual Sport Athlete Jay Parente Chooses Swimming at Fairfield over Baseball

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Jay Parente, a swimming and baseball standout at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland, has decided to swim at Fairfield University next year. The two-sport varsity athlete told SwimSwam:

Jay Parente

I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old and started swimming when I was 5 years old. I have faced a lot of opposition and adversity playing two sports at such a high level that some coaches encouraged me to focus on one sport. Most of the year I focus on swimming. Attending all 7 practices a week while also lifting two days a week and going to two baseball practices a week. During baseball season, I had baseball practices 6 times a week while still going to 3-4 swim practices a week. My love for swimming and all the memories with my friends and coaches helped me make my decision. I saw that I had a lot of room to grow since I was splitting my time between two sports. I briefly thought about playing both sports in college but realized that it’s not as important as my education. During my research, I found out what a great school Fairfield University is, with a Division I program on the rise with a fantastic atmosphere. I am really looking forward to competing at the college level, while keeping my focus on the importance of my education. I’m excited to pursue my academic and athletic career at Fairfield. Go Stags!

As a swimmer, Parente distinguished himself in 9th grade when he contributed to all three school relay records and was named to the Frederick County Public Schools All-Area Second Team. The following year, he broke the school record in the 100 back and was named First Team All-County. Parente is also a member of the National Honor Society.

In club swimming, where he trains with Monocacy Aquatic Club, he concentrates mainly on free, back, and fly. Most recently, he competed at the Maryland LSC Short Course Championships in the 50/100 free, 100/200 back, and 100 fly. He finished in the 50 free (21st), 100 back (18th), 200 back (15th), and 100 fly (13th) and earned lifetime bests in the 50 back, 100 back, and 200 back.

Best SCY Times:

  • 50 back – 24.61
  • 100 back – 52.54
  • 200 back – 1:54.67
  • 50 free – 21.69
  • 100 free – 48.06
  • 100 fly – 51.64
  • 200 fly – 1:57.09

Fairfield competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The men placed 2nd at the 2022 conference championships. Parente’s best 200 back time would already score at MAACs. He will overlap with Will Robinson and Chris Chumbley in the backstroke group at Fairfield.

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