AOTW: Jared Byrne, freshman swimmer

Why Jared Bryne was selected: Jared Bryne got his collegiate swimming career off to a fast start where he broke the program record for 200 freestyle in 1:50.63 and 100 freestyle in 49.86 in the season opener against William Patterson on Oct. 7. He was the first swimmer to finish the 100 freestyle in under 50 seconds. Bryne also set a new program mark in the 100 individual medley in 57.89 in the inaugural Colonel Splash and Dash Invitational on Oct. 14.

Jared Byrne
Freshman Swimmer

Luke Modrovsky

Jared Byrne Freshman Swimmer

What head coach Mark Barnes said: “Jared is a true student-athlete.  He not only works hard in the classroom but also in the pool.  He steps up to any task or challenge/goal you set for him.  He is usually the first one in the pool and the last one out.  He is one of those athletes that come along only once every decade or so.  He will and has already changed the face and name of Wilkes swimming.”

Name: Jared Byrne

Year: Freshman

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.

High School: Penn Manor HS

Position: Sprint/Mid-distance freestyle

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

The small campus atmosphere and 6-year Pharmacy Program. The swim team took me in as family even before I was on the team.

Post graduation plans in terms of a career?

Become a pharmacist and work in a community pharmacy near my house where I can get to know the patients I work for.

Favorite building on campus?

Sturdevant Hall. It is where I stayed for my [recruiting trip] and where most of the swimmers stay freshman year. It carries is also great for Nerf battles.

If we put jolly ranchers into a container, how many do you think you could lift?

None, I would eat them all.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

Medal at the MAC championship, and help grow the swim team and bring in recruits. I also want to keep a high GPA and enjoy my classes as best as I can.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Breakfast at Late night. Especially after a hard practice.

A quote you live your life by?

“Just because you don’t have 100% does not mean you can’t give 100% of what you do have.”- Dan Lumas

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

I am part of a small school, but it is filled with people smarter than other big schools. Even though it is challenging being in college, we can make a name for ourselves.

When/Why did you first begin swimming?

I started swimming around age 8. I wanted to beat my brother in everything he did, so I did not stop until I could beat him in every event.

If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

I wish we could have more advertising for the swim team. Many people do not even know we have one, and I hope that with this year’s class we can make a name for ourselves as well as the school.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field?

I love to eat. I consider it a hobby at this point. That is a huge reason why I swim.

Most influential person in your life?

My parents without a doubt. They inspire me to achieve goals I did not know were possible.

If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?

Jimmy Hendrix, or Buddy Holly.

Favorite professor?

Bernie Kovacs. I have never laughed so hard in class until I met him. He also loves what he does and makes a boring class entertaining.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

The whole swim team, Eason, Ilia and Coach.