Hughes Guides Men's Swimming and Diving to Second Straight City Crown

Nathan Hughes
Nathan Hughes

Worcester, MA --- WPI's Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) captured three individual wins, setting pool records in the 100 yard, 200 yard and 500 yard freestyle events as the Engineers repeated as Worcester City Championship team champions, edging Holy Cross with 1,269 points to the Crusaders' 977. 

Hughes set new pool marks of 48.39 in the 100, 1:46.61 in the 200, and 4:53.02 in the 500. Hughes was also a member four relay teams that set the new standard in the Worcester City Championship, which is now in its 13th year. 

Hughes took home the Justin Ferris (WPI) Award as the swimmer of the meet, while Holy Cross senior Nick Venditti (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) won diver of the meet after sweeping the 1- and 3-meter diving events. 

WPI took home the Paul Parenteau trophy for the fifth time in the last six years, and the eighth time in the last 11. Clark finished in third place with 643 points. 

Hughes, Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI), Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) and Jonathan Decelle (Rumson, NJ) won in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:05.67. 

Hughes combined with Erick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY), Ben List (Bedford, MA) and Tim Petri (Eksjko, Sweden) to take the 400-yard medley relay in 3:35.84. 

He later anchored a 400-yard winning freestyle team along with Bauer, List and Kelleher for a first-place time of 3:13.98, and then Hughes finished by teaming with List, Burgwardt and Bauer in the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.70). 

Burgwardt, Petri, List and Bauer also set the city meet record in the 200-yard medley relay with their first-place time of 1:38.41. 

Petri and freshman Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) were both double winners on the individual side. Petri claimed the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.34 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.36. Meanwhile, MacDonald came in first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.26) and also won the 100-yard butterfly (52.68). 

Junior Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) took 400 individual medley in 4:21.78, while classmate Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) was tops in the 1,650 yard freestyle by 28.71 seconds with a winning time of 17:04.72. 

Burgwardt claimed first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.67), while List won the 50-yard sprint in 22.47, edging Clark's Clive Green (Portmore, Jamaica). 

WPI resumes with a Tuesday tri-meet at Wheaton College, taking on the host Lyons along with UMass-Dartmouth, with the start scheduled for 6:30pm.

Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14