Men's Swimming and Diving Celebrates Senior Night by Downing Clark

Nick Houghton
Nick Houghton

The WPI men's swimming and diving team downed crosstown rival Clark, 149-80, to take victory on Senior night Wednesday evening.

By winning every event on the program, the Engineers remain undefeated in their home pool in the Sports and Recreation Center. The triumph was a complete team effort, featuring 10 individual event winners, including a personal best time in the 1000-yard freestyle from sophomore Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA). 

Houghton's time of 10:03.34 put him over 30 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, fellow sophomore Keith Gagnon (West Hartford, CT) (10:39.34). Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) touched first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.99), followed by Joon-Ho Lee (Hampstead, NH) and Gagnon in second (5:12.97) and third (5:13.29). Freshman Jon Decelle (Rumson, NJ) picked up the win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.02), ahead of sophomore Max Arnold (Charlton, MA) in second (1:54.80). Another freshman, Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA), was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (49.53). In the shortest event of the evening, the 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Ben List (Bedford, MA) touched out freshman Mitch Lentz (Edina, MN), 22.60 to 22.78. 

The Engineers were equally impressive in the stroke events. Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) led a sweep of the 100-yard backstroke, catching senior James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY) at the finish, 58.02 to 58.09. Houghton was third in the event (58.52). Lentz took the 100-yard butterfly in 56.37, while senior captain Spencer Coffin (Poughkeepsie, NY) grabbed third place (57.75). Freshman Tyler Greff (Lincoln Park, NJ) reached the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.15), while McNally was second (1:06.08). Powers also took the 200-yard individual medley 11 (2:02.81), with sophomores Lee (2:11.23) and Tom Graf (Pittsburgh, PA) (2:12.98) completing the sweep. 

In diving, Jessie Johnson (Westford, MA) was victorious on the 1-meter board (166.40) while fellow freshman Ben Andrews (Bristol, CT) was second (158.10). John Kilfoil (Bourne, MA) won on 3-meter (168.65), followed by Ed Lukowski (Auburn, NY) in second (155.85). 

The Crimson and Gray had the top two times in both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. The medley relay of Perez-Rogers, Arnold, List, and Hughes (1:41.29) defeated Powers, Greff, Coffin, and Ben Collins (Newbury, MA) (1:42.40). In the freestyle relay, Decelle, Houghton, Hughes, and Adam Trumbley (Prospect, CT) went 3:26.11 to outdo the 3:30.61 swum by Vic Puksta (Nashua, NH), List, Blake Cornachini (Branford, CT), and Matt Beardsley (Westford, MA). 

The squad is now 8-3 and will travel to Bridgewater State this Saturday for their last dual meet of the season. The action starts at 2pm.