Clinton, NY --- The WPI men's swimming and diving squad competed at the Hamilton Invitational this weekend in a two day contest with Trinity and the host Continentals. The Engineer relays were fantastic, earning wins in all five relays and leading the team to a margin of victory of 860 points over their closest competitor.
Alex Powers (Glocester, RI), Tyler Greff (Lincoln Park, NJ), Ben List (Bedford, MA), and Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) won the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.05 and 3:11.92, respectively. WPI grabbed third place in those relays as well, courtesy of Adam Trumbley (Prospect, CT), Ben Collins (Newbury, MA), Jon Decelle (Rumson, NJ), and Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME) in 1:32.72 for the 200-yard and Collins, Spencer Coffin (Pleasant Valley, NY), Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA), and O'Brien in 3:23.77 for the 400-yard. The same winning foursome was victorious in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:37.06 and 400-yard medley relay in 3:31.95. WPI's B relay of James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY), Max Arnold (Charlton, MA), Coffin, and Collins got third in 1:42.58. Powers, List, and Hughes called on Houghton for the 800-yard freestyle relay, which they won in 7:07.44.
The relay swimmers were also successful individually throughout the meet. Powers swept the backstroke events in impressive fashion. After leading off the 400-yard medley relay with an NCAA B cut time of 51.67 in the 100-yard backstroke, he prevailed in the individual event in 51.74. He also swam 25.22 in the 50-yard backstroke and a 1:53.90 in the 200-yard backstroke. The freshman sprinted to third in the 50-yard freestyle with a 22.68.
Greff led WPI sweeps in all three breaststroke events, along with Arnold and Keith Gagnon (West Hartford, CT). Greff set a new school standard in the 50-yard breaststroke with a 27.29, lowering the mark by .56 seconds. He also became the first Engineer under a in minute in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.64. The freshman also won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.27, and was second in the 100-yard individual medley (55.73) and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.84). Just behind Greff in the breaststrokes, Arnold finished second in the 50-yard and 100-yard events (28.80, 1:03.51) and third in the 200-yard distance (2:24.35) while Gagnon placed third in the sprints (28.85, 1:03.86) and second at the longer distance (2:19.67). In addition to the breaststrokes, Arnold touched fifth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:34.17) and 100-yard individual medley (58.17), while Gagnon earned fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.13).
Houghton took on the distance events for the Crimson and Gray, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.65 and the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:00.89. Additionally, the sophomore collected second in the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley (2:03.94, 4:17.65) and the 200-yard butterfly in a personal-best 1:59.89. His 1:50.81 was good for fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.53). Houghton's classmate, List, brought home first place in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.17. The sophomore raced to second place in the 100-yard freestyle (48.07), 50-yard butterfly (24.25), and 100-yard butterfly (52.91), and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (56.57).
Freshman Hughes earned second place points in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle, setting personal bests in both with a 1:45.67 and 4:52.59. He also took third in the 100-yard freestyle (49.00), fourth in the 100-yard individual medley (22.91), and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.91). Perez-Rogers found the wall third in the 50-yard backstroke in 25.92, and freshman Tommy Nuthmann (Hillsboro, OR) was third in his first collegiate 1650-yard freestyle swim (17:50.02). Joon-Ho Lee (Hampstead, NH) secured fourth in the distance event (18:07.83), and Trumbley swam a personal best 49.38 to take home fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. Jessie Johnson (Westford, MA) took fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.55) and third in 3-meter diving with 128.35 points. John Kilfoil (Bourne, MA) dove to third in one-meter diving (265.35) and fourth in three-meter diving (106.45), while teammate Ed Lukowski (Auburn, NY) got fourth in one-meter with a score of 247.40.
After an extended break for final exams and the team's annual training trip to San Juan, WPI is back in action on Saturday, January 12th entertaining Regis and Roger Williams at 1pm.