Cambridge, MA --- The WPI Men's Swimming and Diving team began competition Thursday and Friday in the four-day NEWMAC Championships at MIT. The relay teams made the biggest splash on Friday, highlighted by the 400-yard medley foursome of Alex Powers (Glocester, RI), Tyler Greff (Lincoln Park, NJ), Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) and Ben List (Bedford, MA), who earned All-NEWMAC status with a second place showing. The group clocked a school record time of 3:26.79.
It was the second of two stealer relay performances that saw the Engineers shave over two seconds from their morning swim. Earlier in the finals session, the 200-yard freestyle relay consisting of Greff, Mitch Lentz (Edina, MN), Ben Collins (Newbury, MA) and Adam Trumbley (Prospect, CT) placed fifth with a time of 1:28.28.
Powers equaled the school record in the 100-yard freestyle 51.23 (leading off the 400 medley relay. The freshman reached the championship finals in the 200-yard IM, equaling the school record of 1:57.13 to place seventh while Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) was 12th (1:57.89). List was 13th in the 50-yard freestyle (21.68) and Hughes turned in a 14th place showing in the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.97).
The Engineers saw freshmen tally points in the 1-meter diving with Jessie Johnson (Westford, MA) collecting 298.70 points to place ninth while Ben Andrews (Bristol, CT) registered 228.35 points en route to finishing 11th.
As a team, WPI registered 138 points and sits in fourth place.
The NEWMAC Championships continue at MIT on Saturday with the morning preliminaries at 10am and the finals at 6pm.