Suarez and Melanson Shatter Records in Men’s Swimming & Diving Sweep

Randy Melanson
Randy Melanson

WORCESTER – Senior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) and junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) each crushed the previous dual meet diving records while the men's swimming & diving team was the quickest in all of the swimming events in a double dual with Wheaton and UMass Dartmouth Wednesday night in the Sports & Recreation Center. The Bauer brothers led the usual suspects with multiple individual and relay triumphs.

The Engineers (9-3) handled the Lyons 169-91 and the Corsairs 183-61 as Wheaton (8-3) defeated UMass Dartmouth (2-5) 183-60.

While both divers broke the old standards set by Melanson, Suarez took over as the 3-meter dive record holder with a second-place 280.00 as Melanson reset his own mark on the 1-meter with a runner up 284.85. Sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) won the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.54) and 200-yard backstroke (1:58.54) while helping the 400-yard medley relay team win (3:31.65) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team post the best time (1:28.37). Senior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) took the 100-yard freestyle (48.85) and was also on the 400 medley and 200 free relays.

Senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden) and junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) joined the duo in the 400 medley as Elsayed and senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) were part of the 200 free team. Petri won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:07.58) and Elsayed took the 100-yard butterfly (52.73). Seniors Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) and Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) found success in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.06) and 100-yard backstroke (54.80) while junior Bryant Babel (Oceanside, NY) touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.79).

The sophomore duo of Roberto Esquivel and Jean Philippe Miralda from Tegucigalpa, Honduras secured the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:12.93) and 50-yard freestyle (22.45) for the Engineers. Classmate Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) was the quickest in the 200-yard IM (1:59.51) as freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT) needed only 59.49 to win the 100-yard breaststroke.

WPI travels to Hartwick Saturday for a 1pm dual.