Medley Relays and Smallwood Strike Gold for Men's Swimming and Diving in Home Opener

Tim Petri

Worcester, MA --- WPI Men's Swimming and Diving did the program proud with three wins and a healthy collection of top five finishes from the New England Invitational, a non-scoring meet of top teams in the region at WPI on Saturday. 

David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) has made a big debut in his freshman year, swimming in all three wins, including the Engineers only solo triumph in the 100-yard freestyle (49.09). Smallwood was also a part of the winning 200-yard and 400-yard medley relay teams and came in fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.42). 

Sophomore Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) joined Smallwood on those medley relay teams and did well in the backstroke events. Bauer swam to second place in the 50-yard backstroke (25.77) and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (55.82). 

Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) and Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) joined Smallwood and Bauer on the winning relays as the 200-yard medley relay finished in 1:39.23 and the 400-yard medley came in at 3:35.62. Powers also had a notable solo effort, finishing fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.44).  

Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) finished second behind Smallwood in the 100-yard freestyle (49.56), and sixth in the 50-yard breaststroke (28.54). 

Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) finished second (53.83) and Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) fourth (53.96) in the 100-yard butterfly. Burgwardt also claimed fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle (22.29). 

In the 200-yard freestyle, Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) was able to come in fourth (1:48.39), while in the 500-yard Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY) (fifth, 5:13.48) and Shane Bell (LaCanada, CA) (sixth, 5:16.02) finished back-to-back. 

Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) and Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) pulled off the back-to-back feat again in the 400-yard individual medley with McNally placing fourth (4:24.99) and Houghton coming in a hair behind in fifth (4:27.44). 

Ben List (Bedford, MA) was good for fifth-place in the 50-yard butterfly (24.62), while senior Keith Gagnon (West Hartford, CT) took seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.86. 

Both freestyle relays finished second with a group of List, Hughes, Smallwood and Bauer. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the foursome clocked in at 1:27.06, while the 400-yard relay they combined to swim it in 3:17.08. 

WPI also had second relay teams finish in the top four in all four relays. 

The men's swimming and diving team is back in the pool next Sunday in a 3pm double dual meet at home against NEWMAC foe Babson and Brandeis.