Rookies Shine for WPI Men's Swimming and Diving in Close Loss to Babson

Alex Powers

Babson Park, MA --- In its first away meet of the season, the WPI men's swimming and diving team lost a close contest to Babson Saturday afternoon. Three Engineer rookies combined to win six of the individual events, but it was not enough as WPI was defeated 153-135.

Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) led the Crimson and Gray with victories in three individual events. The freshman had the top finish in the 100-yard (54.00) and 200-yard (1:59.74) backstroke, in addition to securing the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.81. He was also part of the winning 400-medley relay with Tyler Greff (Lincoln Park, NJ), Ben List (Bedford, MA) and Mitch Lentz (Edina, MN), taking the event in a time of 3:40.38.

Greff came through with two wins of his own. The freshman raced the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.16 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.99, out-touching the competition by less than 0.10 seconds in each event. List sprinted to second place finished in the 100-yard butterfly (55.60) and 50-yard freestyle (23.00), while Lentz took third (56.20) and fourth (23.27) in those same events.

Freshman Jessie Johnson (Westford, MA) won the 1-meter event in his first-ever diving competition with a score of 147.25 He also contributed a second-place score of 131.40 points on the 3-meter board. Showing his versatility, Johnson also placed fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.73).

Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) swam a tough schedule of the 1000-yard freestyle (10:19.43), 500-yard freestyle (4:59.04), and 200-yard butterfly (2:03.51), earning second place points for each of his efforts. Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) took third in the 100-yard (50.44) and 200-yard (1:50.56) freestyle, and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.48). He teamed up with List, Lentz, and junior Ben Collins (Newbury, MA) for third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.33).

Now 2-1, the Engineers travel to Coast Guard Academy next Saturday for a double-dual with the hosts and Providence. The first race goes off at noon.