Seven Individual Event Winners Propel Men's Swimming and Diving to Victory

James Perez-Rogers

Waltham, MA --- Highlighted by seven individual event winners, the WPI men's swimming and diving team took victory over Brandeis on the road Saturday, 157-107.  In the last 30 years the WPI men have beaten Brandies only three other times.  

A different Engineer won each of the four 100-yard races throughout the meet. Keith Gagnon (West Hartford, CT) took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.59, while fellow sophomore Ben List (Bedford, MA) sprinted to first in the 100-yard freestyle (49.97). In the 100-yard backstroke, senior James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY) was victorious in a close finish, winning by only .12 seconds (59.58). Freshman Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) captured the 100-yard butterfly (57.20), in addition to touching first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.06).

WPI's divers made a strong statement with high scores for the season. John Kilfoil (Bourne, MA) was just 3 points off the school record for 11 dives on the 1-meter board in his victory (348.70). Jessie Johnson (Westford, MA), Ed Lukowski (Auburn, NY), and Ben Andrews (Bristol, CT) had solid scores of 327.80, 296.85, and 260.90, respectively to sweep the event.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Powers, Tyler Greff (Lincoln Park, NJ), Perez-Rogers, and List set the pace from the start by earning the first win (1:42.55) for the Crimson and Gray. Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) followed suit, reaching the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.58) in front of second-place List (1:54.36). In the 500-yard freestyle, Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) held strong for a win in 5:04.14.

Houghton grabbed second in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:49.82), followed by Joon-Ho Lee (Hampstead, NH) and Tyler Faszewski (Hooksett, NH) who finished .01 seconds apart, 11:12.66 to 11:12.67. Johnson was WPI's top finisher in the 200-yard butterfly, taking second in 2:14.19. Faszewski picked up third in the event (2:24.61) while Lee stuck with freestyle to take third place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:23.21). In the 100-yard freestyle, Hughes and Jon Decelle (Rumson, NJ) followed List for a sweep with second (50.05) and third (53.11) place.

In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Tommy Nuthmann (Hillsboro, OR) went a season-best 2:11.06 for second place, in addition to earning third place in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.03). The 200-yard breaststroke saw the Engineers Greff (2:24.49) and Gagnon (2:25.62) in the second and third positions. Gagnon also touched second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.31). In the 50-yard freestyle, List, Hughes, and Powers took spots two through four, with a spread of just .62 seconds (23.04, 23.12, 23.66). Tom Graf (Pittsburgh, PA) had a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke with third place (1:08.97), and Perez-Rogers matched that showing in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.05). The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hughes, List, Powers, and Tom Sullivan (Paxton, MA) touched second (1:43.88) to conclude the meet.

The Engineers, now 7-3 on the season, take on in-city rival Clark next Wednesday at home.