A member of the swimming and diving team at Southern Connecticut State University died in a crash in Meriden Sunday, the university said.
Jaylon Nixon, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash on Research Parkway, according to police. The other driver was seriously injured; neither car had passengers.
This season, Nixon placed third in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving event against Worcester Polytechnic, Coast Guard and Franklin & Marshall, the university said. It was his first season swimming at Southern.
He was a two-sport standout at Francis T. Maloney High School in Meriden, where he competed in football and diving. When he graduated high school, he held every diving record at Maloney and the co-op records with Orville H. Platt High School, the university said.