Ty Wells, a former swimming standout, passed away on Friday, Arizona Athletics reported, He was 23 years old. His death’s cause has not been made public.
“On behalf of the entire University of Arizona community, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Wells family along with Ty’s friends, teammates, classmates and colleagues,” UA athletic director Dave Heeke said in a news release Monday. “Ty was a tremendous young man who proudly represented the University of Arizona in the pool, classroom and community. He was a light that shined bright in the lives of everyone he came across, and we will keep him and his loved ones in our thoughts during this incredibly difficult time.”
Wells was a breaststroke specialist and a 2021–22 CSCAA Scholar All-American. He set a team record and swam his fastest 50 yards as a senior at the Pac-12 Championships last spring (24.63). In 53.08 seconds, he came in 12th place in the 100-yard breast. In each of his four years of competition, he achieved NCAA B cut times.
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The US Open Championships in 2022 served as Wells’ final opponent. In the 100 breast and 200 breast, he came in 50th place. He was still recognised as a fifth-year athlete on the UA roster. Wells, a California native from Manteca, graduated from Ripon High School, where he set school records in the 200 medley relay, the 200 free, the 200 and 400 free relays, the 100 fly, and the 100 breast. At CIF Sections, he won bronze in the 100 fly and 100 breast.
Wells completed his bachelor’s studies in Health Sciences & Physiology in May 2022 with the intention of entering the physical therapy or sports medicine fields. He represented his team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee the previous year. Wells’ parents, Joseph and Sandra, as well as his sister, Jessica, are still alive. Funeral expenses are being covered by a GoFundMe, which as of late Monday afternoon had already surpassed its $25,000 fundraising target.
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