Men's Swimming and Diving Wins Cardinal Invitational

Andrew Lybarger

Middletown, CT --- Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) won six individual events including a sweep of the butterflies and was part of three relay wins as the WPI Men's Swimming and Diving won the two-day Cardinal Invitational, hosted by Wesleyan, that concluded Sunday. The Engineers posted a 1337.5, besting Hamilton (1126), Trinity (826.5), Wesleyan (703) and Clark (649).

Lybarger won the 50-yard (23.03), 100-yard (51.43) and 200-yard butterfly (1:54.80), while also taking two of the freestyle events, as he turned in a time of 21.76 in the 50-yard freestyle and 47.74 in the 100-yard freestyle. The junior also won the 100-yard backstroke with a 53.00.

Five Crimson and Gray finished in the top 10 of the 500-yard freestyle.  Led by Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) who won with a 4:55.86, Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) came in second (4:57.01), as Victor Puksta (Nashua, NH) followed in fourth (5:01.32), Carl Curran (Keene, NH) in fifth (5:01.98) and Nick Catano (Goffstown, NH) in 10th (5:06.60).

Curran won the 400-yard IM in 4:22.72 and was joined in the top 10 by three other Engineers, Ruffing (4th - 4:25.99), Spazzarini (6th - 4:30.52) and Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA) (9th - 4:33.68).

James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY) took the 100-yard IM (56.42).  Ruffing finished second (56.59), while Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA) came in seventh (58.27).

Joining Lybarger in the 100-yard butterfly top 10 were Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) (2nd - 53.95), Spencer Coffin (Poughkeepsie, NY) (4th - 54.45), Khalil Badran (Beirut, Lebanon) (T8th - 55.51) and Perez-Rogers (10th - 55.63). In addition to the six-time winner, Perez-Rogers (3rd - 54.55), Curran (5th - 57.13), Ruffing (6th - 57.19) and Spazzarini (7th - 57.24) posted top 10 times in the 100-yard backstroke.

Chiang, Ben Collins (Newbury, MA), Badran, and Green finished fifth through eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 48.55, 49.49, 49.73 and 49.85. In the top 10 of the 200-yard butterfly was Curran (3rd - 2:05.60), Spazzarini (5th - 2:06.20) and Coffin (8th - 2:09.48).

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lybarger, Curran, Green and Chiang finished first with a 1:27.31 and narrowly beat out a team from Hamilton (1:27.64).  The quartet of Lybarger, Ruffing, Cakounes and Catano completed the 400-yard medley relay first in 3:39.59. In the 200-yard medley relay, Ruffing, Cakounes, Lybarger and Chiang hit the pad first with a 1:40.13.  Taking first in the 400-yard freestyle relay was the team of Nick Workman (Oakland, ME), Ruffing, Chiang, and Catano as they swam a 3:14.50.

Also swimming strong relays were the 200-yard medley team of Ruffing, Badran, Perez-Rogers, and Collins as they placed fourth with a time of 1:30.26. Perez-Rogers, Workman, Green and Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME) posted a third place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:43.25), while the team of Perez-Rogers, O'Brien, Green and Curran finished third in the 200-yard medley relay.

The team of Lybarger, Ruffing, Spazzarini, and Chiang raced to a 7:23.60 for a second place showing, as Collins, Badran, Curran and Catano came in third, just under six seconds behind in the 800-yard freestyle relay. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Lybarger, Curran, Collins and Green combined for a fourth place time of 3:21.67.

In the 50-yard breaststroke, Cakounes finished fourth with a 29.10, as O'Brien turned in a 29.66 for eighth place. Green and Spencer Coffin came in seventh and eighth in the 50-yard butterfly, respectively. Perez-Rogers was second in the 50-yard backstroke as he swam a 25.13. The 200-yard IM saw Ruffing in third (2:03.75) who was quickly followed by Curran in fourth (2:04.42) and Spazzarini in fifth (2:05.54) with Coffin finishing eighth (2:07.17). Chiang (2nd - 22.00), Green (5th - 22.43) and Collins (8th - 22.81) posted top 10 finishes in the 50-yard freestyle.

In the 200-yard freestyle Collins, Badran and Puksta came in fourth (1:48.35), sixth (1:50.91) and seventh (1:51.09). Cakounes swam a fifth place time of 1:04.50 in the 100-yard backstroke. In the 1650-yard freestyle Catano (2nd - 17:37.18) and Curran (4th - 17:43.93) had top five races. Three Crimson and Gray were in the top of the 200-yard backstroke standings as Perez-Rogers was third (2:03.40), Spazzarini followed in fourth (2:03.84) and Ruffing in fifth (2:05.53). The 200-yard breaststroke saw Cakounes and O'Brien finish fifth (2:23.31) and 10th (2:26.98).

Casey Hayes (Arundel, ME) posted scores of 144.35 in the one-meter and 190.20 in the three-meter dive portion of the program.

Men's Swimming and Diving returns to the pool when they host Regis at Clark on January 15, 2011 at 1pm.