Bridgewater, MA --- The WPI men's swimming and diving team completed its dual meet season Saturday, with a win on the road at Bridgewater State, 294-69. The Engineers won every event thanks to a number of strong performers.
Senior Duje Jelaksa (Brookfield, CT) tasted victory twice, taking both the 100-yard backstroke (59.86) and 200-yard backstroke (2:11.82). Liam Fisher (Rumford, RI) took the second spot in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.29) and third at the 200-yard distance (2:14.33). Keahi Goodale (Kailua-Kona, HI) was second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:12.57). Jelaska also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:20.34) to junior Tyler Faszewski (Hooksett, NH), who won the event in 5:10.45. Joe Weiler (Ballston, NY) was third (5:24.86).
Freshman Mitch Lentz (Edina, MN) captured three events, leading WPI sweeps in all of them. He led seniors Spencer Coffin (Poughkeepsie, NY) and James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY) in the 50-yard butterfly (24.88, 25.69, 25.96) and 100-yard butterfly (56.45, 57.18, 59.72). In the 50-yard freestyle, it was and Ben Collins (Newbury, MA) and Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME) finishing second (23.90) and third (24.04) to Lentz's 23.14.
Coffin secured the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.26), with Vic Puksta (Nashua, NH) in second (2:00.76) and Tom Cieslewski (Watertown, CT) touching third (2:01.61). Perez-Rogers led the way in the 50-yard backstroke (27.26), followed by Adam Trumbley (Prospect, CT) (29.47) and Tommy Nuthmann (Hillsboro, OR) (30.81). Nuthmann picked up a win of his own in the 200-yard butterfly (2:18.87), where Blake Cornachini (Branford, CT) was second in 2:22.24.
Will Grebe (Concord, CA) reached the wall first in the 50-yard breaststroke (30.63) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.79). Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) was the victor of the 1000-yard freestyle (10:31.05) in addition to touching second in the 100-yard (1:06.92) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.43). In the 1000-yard freestyle, Hughes was followed by followed by Faszewski (10:45.34) and Goodale (11:02.22) to complete the top three.
Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) won his three individual events. The sophomore touched first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.95), 200-yard individual medley (2:07.16) and 100-yard individual medley (57.33). In the 200-yard individual medley, Grebe touched the wall second (2:12.44) and Cornachini finished third (2:14.72). In the 100-yard individual medley, Nuthmann picked up second (1:03.03) while sophomore Tim Love (Guilderland, NY) was third (1:08.49). Love also took third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.92).
Collins led the 100-yard freestyle in 51.87, while O'Brien grabbed second (53.19) and Eric Schattschneider (Chappaqua, NY) took third (53.70). John Kilfoil (Bourne, MA) earned 184.00 points in 1-meter diving, good for first place. The junior's score of 177.95 points on the 3-meter board put him on top again. Ben Andrews () finished third in 3-meter diving (147.05).
In the 200-yard medley relay, WPI grabbed the top two positions. Perez-Rogers, O'Brien, Coffin, and Collins took first place in 1:45.17, and McNally, Goodale, Lentz, and Trumbley took second in 1:46.24.
The Engineers will spend the next two weeks preparing for the NEWMAC championships, to be held February 15-17 at MIT. The team heads into championships with a 9-3 dual meet record.