Jack Jakubek, a former college swimmer and captain of SUNY-Cortland’s swim team, died tragically this past weekend during a lifeguard fitness test.
Jack, an accomplished swimmer who had been a lifeguard last summer, was taking the test at Pilgrim Lake in Orleans, MA when he went missing. According to the Orleans Fire-Rescue Department, Jack went under water while trying to swim to a buoy. He had just graduated two weeks earlier.
Several rescue teams responded to the scene, including a dive team, Massachusetts StatePolice and the United States Coast Guard. Jakubet was found off shore by divers at 9:23 a.m., and efforts to resuscitate him failed as he was brought back to shore by boat, the fire department said [source].
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jack, his family, and his friends. By all accounts, Jack was an outstanding individual who was loved by all who met him. Jack’s former SUNY-Cortland coach, Brian Tobin, called Jack a “great teammate” who “everyone could rely on.”