Waltham, MA --- Alex Powers (Glocester, RI), Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI), Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweeden) and Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) each won a pair of individual events as the WPI men's swimming and diving team defeated Division II Bentley, 173-122, on Wednesday night at the Dana Center Pool. It marked the second consecutive year the Engineers have defeated the Falcons to open their season.
Powers (backstroke, 54.92, 2:02.96), Bauer (freestyle, 48.50, 1:45.95) and Petri (breaststroke, 1:00.17, 2:16.68) each swept their respective 100-yard and 200-yard events while Houghton touched the wall first in the 500-yard (5:02.39) and 1,000-yard (10:27.10) freestyle. The trio of Powers, Petri and Bauer teamed with Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY) to win the 200-yard medley relay, the first men's event of the night, in a time of 1:39.31. Bauer later combined with Ben List (Bedford, MA), David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) and Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) to close out the night with the fastest time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.72)
MacDonald also had the best time in the 200-yard IM with a 2:02.40 as Smallwood struck gold in the 100-yard butterfly (53.04). Cameron Back (St. Louis, MO) took the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.03) and Sebastian Bury (Bellevue, WA) of Bentley registered the Falcons only non-exhibition swimming win with a 22.40 in the 50-yard freestyle.
On the diving board, Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) and Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) finished second and third in both events. Suarez led the way with a 241.50 on the 1-meter board and a 223.73 on the 3-meter board. Melanson, meanwhile, scored a 157.35 on the 1-meter and 161.32 on the 3-meter. Bentley's Colton Bridge (Tolland, CT) captured both dives.
The Engineers host the New England Invitational on Saturday beginning at 1pm. Bentley hosts Le Moyne on Sunday at 2pm.