Cambridge, MA --- Senior Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) broke his own school record in the 200-yard IM and swam on second and third place relay teams to lead WPI's men's swimming and diving team performance at day one of the NEWMAC Championships. WPI is currently in fourth place with 122 points while host MIT is leading the seven-team event with 298 points.
Ruffing broke his own record in the 200 IM with a swim of 1:56.01 in the preliminaries. His time of 1:57.15 in the championship finals in the finals earned him an eighth place finish.
Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA), Ruffing, Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) and Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) teamed up for second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:25.50, just two hundreds of a second better than city rival Clark. The Engineers continued success in the relays as the foursome of Green, Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA), Lybarger and Chiang established a new school standard in the 400-yard medley relay with a third place time of 3:30.96.
Other strong performances for the Crimson and Gray included Lybarger winning the B final of the 50-yard freestyle (9th place overall - 21:42) with Chiang placing 11th in a time of 21:56 and Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) earning a 22nd place finish in the 500-yard free (4:55.90).
WPI also took valuable points in the B relays with Khalil Badran (Beirut, Lebanon), Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME), James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY), and Ben Collins (Newbury, MA) and Perez-Rogers, O'Brien, Green and Badran each turning in 11th place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:29.47) and 400-yard medley (3:37.67) relays respectively.
Casey Hayes (Arundel, ME) amassed 332.91 points for 11th place in the one-meter dive.
The NEWMAC men's swimming and diving championships continue on Saturday at MIT with the middle day of the three-day event. Preliminaries are at 11am with finals at 6:30 beginning with the senior recognition.