Petri Sets Pool Mark, Melanson Betters NCAA Hopes as Men's Swim/Dive Wins at Hartwick

Tim Petri
Tim Petri

Oneonta, NY --- Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) established a pool record in the 200 breaststroke and Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) qualified again for the NCAA Diving Regional on the 1 Meter board as visiting WPI Men's Swimming and Diving claimed a 158-123 road victory at Hartwick on Saturday afternoon. 

The Engineers put forth a strong performance, posting the best times or scores in 14 of the 16 events.  Brothers Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) joined the duo of Petri and Melanson as multi winners in individual events while the Bauer boys swam in both victorious relays.  Others to win events Saturday included Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY), Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY), Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) and Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA). 

Petri led a group of standout swimmers with his pool record time in the 200-yard breaststroke of 2:09.64 seconds, but the Engineers also had the top three swimmers as senior Swede edged out freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT) and his runner-up time of (2:11.57) and Gallant in third with a time of 2:13.99. 

Petri was also king of the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the race in 59.62, again followed by Chen (59.76). Senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) finished in third place with a time of 1:00.95. 

Melanson reigned supreme in the diving events with a winning 1-meter score of 275.55. He also had the top marks in the 3-meter dive, racking up 247.20 points. 

Jack Bauer posted the top time in both the 100-yard butterfly (52.18 seconds) and 100-yard backstroke (52.26) as the Engineers had strong showings in both. 

Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) took second in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.28 and Burgwardt third in 54.36 as the visitors swept the top three spots. 

WPI went one-two in the 100-yard backstroke with Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) following behind Bauer with a runner-up time of 55.47 seconds. 

Older brother Andrew Bauer won a pair of races himself, touching the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.97, while teammate Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) finished third, posting a time of 1:50.89. 

In the 100-yard freestyle, Andrew Bauer beat out his teammate Kelleher by just 0.22 seconds, coming in with a time of 48.81 seconds to top Kelleher's 49.03. 

The Bauer brothers joined forces on the 200-yard medley relay to beat out Hartwick with a time of 1:35.84 in a foursome that also included Petri and Perry. 

A group of Burgwardt, Elsayed, Perry and Chris Massar (Monroe, CT) beat Hartwick's by 10 seconds in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:13.76. 

WPI claimed another victory in the 200-yard butterfly thanks to MacDonald (1:57.84), while Houghton came in as the runner-up with a time of 2:01.89. 

Burgwardt won the 50-yard freestyle sprint in 22.07 seconds to beat Hartwick's Joseph Mulvehill by 0.09 seconds. Elsayed (22.47) grabbed third place. 

Houghton gave the Engineers a win in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.92), while Gallant was tops in the 200-yard individual medley, breaking the two-minute mark with a time of 1:59.19. MacDonald finished right after him in 2:00.83. 

Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) showed his endurance with a second-place finish in the 1,650-yard relay (16:42.90), while Zimmermann too runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:00.37.

WPI is now 10-3 on the season and will look to equal the program record for dual meet wins in a season on Wednesday when it hosts Clark at 6:30pm.

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