Jack Jakubek, SUNY-Cortland Swim Star, Dies During Lifeguard Test

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Jack Jakubek.SUNY Cortland

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By Tracy Connor and Shamar Walters

A swimming star and recent college graduate drowned during a lifeguard fitness test in Massachusetts over the weekend, according to officials.

Orleans Fire and Rescue told NBC News that Jack Jakubek, 22, went missing on Pilgrim Lake at about 8:49 a.m. Saturday morning during a lifeguard test. He was found around 24 minutes later and taken to a local hospital but could not be revived, Fire and Rescue added.

Jakubek had recently graduated from the State University of New York-Cortland, where he was a record-setting member of the swim team. The school said he was due to serve as a graduate-assistant coach next season while pursuing a master's degree.

Jack Jakubek.SUNY Cortland

"Jack was an outstanding athlete, but he was even more remarkable as a person,” head coach Brian Tobin said in a statement. "His loss is devastating."

State police detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office are investigating his death, NBC New England reported.