Powers Leads Men's Swimming and Diving to Worcester City Meet Championship

Alex Powers
Alex Powers

Worcester, MA --- Freshman Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) won three events to help the WPI Men's Swimming and Diving team capture its fourth Paul Parenteau trophy in the last five years as champions of the Worcester City Meet.  The Engineers amassed 1,179 points, outscoring Division I Holy Cross by 72 in the two-day event held in WPI's Sports and Recreation Center. Clark placed third with 693 points. 

Powers was victorious in the 200-yard IM (2:00.31), 100-yard backstroke (53.69) and 200-yard backstroke (1:59.05) en route to earning the Justin Ferris Award as the meet's top swimmer. He was also a member for four of WPI's five winning relays. 

Powers was joined by Adam McNally (Leominster, MA), Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA), and Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) to start the weekend with a meet record of 7:20.38 in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Each member of the relay went on to take victories of his own over the course of the meet. 

Houghton set two individual meet records in the distance events. The sophomore swam the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:01.49, beating the next competitor by almost 45 seconds. He also won the 500-yard freestyle in meet record fashion (4:52.94), and took second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.21). 

Hughes, a freshman, was second to Houghton in the 500-yard freestyle (4:55.15), but was a City Champion in his own right by winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.84. He led a one-two-three finish in the event, followed by Ben Collins (Newbury, MA) and Jon Decelle (Rumson, NJ) in 1:51.63 and 1:51.93, respectively. Hughes also raced to second place in the 100-yard freestyle (48.80), in which Collins was fourth (50.40). Decelle grabbed fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.10). 

Sophomore McNally seized the top spot in the 400-yard individual medley (4:19.16), also leading a one-two-three finish for the Crimson and Gray. Fellow sophomores Max Arnold (Charlton, MA, 4:34.17) and Keahi Goodale (Kailua-Kona, HI, 4:39.57) rounded out the podium. McNally touched second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.17) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.93). Goodale picked up fourth place in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.04) and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.03). 

For the first time in city history, WPI won all five relays. In addition the 800-yard freestyle relay victory, Powers and Hughes enlisted sophomores Ben List (Bedford, MA) and Adam Trumbley (Prospect, CT) to triumph in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:16.74). The 200-yard freestyle relay of Powers, List, Tyler Greff (Lincoln Park, NJ), and Collins finished in first place with a time of 1:30.40. 

In the medley relays, the Engineers fared even better than the freestyle relays. Powers, Greff, List, and Hughes combined to break the meet record in the 400-yard medley relay by five seconds, finishing in 3:36.57. In the 200-yard medley relay, senior James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY), replaced Powers on the backstroke leg, and the team grabbed another meet record in 1:39.65. 

WPI's depth in the individual events was vital to its success. List sprinted to second place points in the 50-yard freestyle (22.39) and 100-yard butterfly (54.79), and third in the 100-yard freestyle (49.49). Greff picked up second place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.55). Perez-Rogers took third in the 100-yard backstroke (57.70), and Joon-Ho Lee (Hampstead, NH) matched his position in the 1650-yard freestyle (18:22.03). 

Trumbley earned fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.12), while his classmate Keith Gagnon (West Hartford, CT) reached the wall third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.74). Senior Spencer Coffin (Poughkeepsie, NY) captured fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.82). In diving, John Kilfoil (Bourne, MA) led the Engineers by finishing third in both 3-meter (261.70) and 1-meter diving (271.12). 

The Engineers take on Wheaton and UMass Dartmouth in a double dual at home on Thursday.