Jay grew up in suburban northern NJ where he trained on competitive swim teams since the age of six. Jay came from a family of swimmers, competing with his brother on his aunt’s club team in addition to swimming for his town’s summer, YMCA, and high school leagues. Jay attained his undergraduate degree in liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College (SLC), where he swam all four years and was a team captain for three.
Jay joined TNYA the summer of 2014, seeking an inclusive space to stay in shape the summer before his senior year while he began his medical transition. The following year at SLC, Jay switched from the women’s team to the men’s team, becoming the first openly trans swimmer in the NCAA to swim on the team of his identified gender.
Following graduation Jay became a coach at TNYA’s Low Pressure Zone where he shared his passion for swimming technique with new swimmers. Jay now enjoys swimming with the Brooklyn community at LIU where he currently coaches Wednesday mornings.
Jay works as a case manager at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center following his passion to serve the LGBTQ community. Jay is pursuing his graduate studies at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. When he’s not working or at the pool, Jay likes board games, eating out with friends, and learning Spanish.