Soka College of America swimmer Thomas “Wyatt” Balman died on Tuesday, Oct.13 on the age of 20. The varsity announced the death of the junior on Wednesday, Oct.14.
According to reports, Balman died on the Wamego Aquatic Heart in Wamego, Kansas from an apparent drowning. Per WIBW, Pottawatomie County EMS responded to a doable drowning Tuesday night, and Balman was taken to the Wamego Group Well being Heart.
Born in Houston, Texas, Balman graduated from Manhattan Excessive Faculty in 2018, after which moved on to Soka the place he accomplished two years competing for the Lions.
“We’re deeply saddened to be taught of Wyatt’s passing,” mentioned Director of Athletics Michael Moore. “He was a gifted and caring younger one who has been tragically taken from us, and it is a heartbreaking loss to our Soka household. Wyatt was a honest and fascinating younger man with an infectious smile. His outgoing character and contagious enthusiasm radiated all through campus. He cherished his tutorial research at Soka and embodied the distinctive spirit of being a student-athlete at our college. It is a tragedy, and our honest condolences exit to his household, teammates, fellow student-athletes, and our whole Soka neighborhood.”
President Edward Feasel launched the next assertion on Wednesday.
“We’re deeply saddened to be taught of the sudden and surprising passing of Soka College of America scholar Thomas ‘Wyatt’ Balman, a member of the category of 2022. Wyatt cherished swimming and likewise teaching youth, which is what he was doing when he handed away. His dad and mom have shared with our Dean of College students that Wyatt cherished SUA a lot and infrequently spoke fondly of his time with SUA college students, workers, and school. Our campus neighborhood mourns this tragic loss.
On behalf of the college, I categorical our heartfelt sympathy to Wyatt’s household throughout this very troublesome time. Wyatt and his household are within the ideas and prayers of our Soka Group.
Nothing can put together us for the sudden lack of a good friend or cherished one. Allow us to as a neighborhood help each other as we hold the cherished reminiscence of Wyatt in our hearts.”