Worcester, MA --- In addition to four individual wins, a school record and an NCAA B cut, Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) swam on five winning relays as the WPI men's swimming and diving team repeated as the Gompei Invitational champions in the three-day, eight team competition at the WPI Sports & Recreation Center pool.
WPI, who won 21 of 24 events, amassed 4978.5 points as Division II Bentley was second with 2138 and Roger Williams was third (1921). Brandeis was fourth (1460), Division II St. Rose was fifth (1350), Marywood was sixth (1085.5), Clark was seventh (629) and Bridgewater State was eighth (577).
Powers helped the winning 800-yard freestyle (6:54.66), 200-yard freestyle (1:25.84), 400-yard medley (3:27.65), 200-yard medley (1:34.49) and 400-yard freestyle (3:06.38) relay teams while setting a school record in the 200-yard IM (1:54.10) and sweeping the backstroke sprints with a 24.35 in the 50, a 51.23 in the 100 and a 1:53.29 in the 200. His time in the 100-yard backstroke provisionally qualifies for the NCAA championships; however, Powers will need to achieve a 48.00 for an automatic invitation to Shenandoah, TX.
Also setting records over the weekend were Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY) in the 100-yard IM (53.13) and Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) with a third-place score of 391.85 on the 1-meter board. Suarez also finished third on the 3-meter board (345.30).
As of Sunday morning, the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Powers, Jonathan Decelle (Rumson, NJ), Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) and Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) had the seventh best time in Division III. Hughes was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle team, as was Bauer and Ben List (Bedford, MA). Bauer also helped the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle squads while also winning the 100-yard freestyle (46.34) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.14).
List captured the 50-yard freestyle for the Engineers in addition to his role in the 400-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay triumphs. Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweeden) helped deliver in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays to go along with a sweep in the breaststroke sprints as he clocked a 26.96 in the 50, a 58.31 in the 100 and a 2:07.97 in the 200. His 57.58 in the 100 prelims was quicker than the NCAA B cut.
David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) went 3-for-3 in the butterfly sprints with a 23.11 in the 50, a 50.44 in the 100 and a B cut time of 1:53.45 in the 200. Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) pitched in on the 200-yard medley relay win while Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) contributed to the success of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:45.11 and Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) won the 400-yard IM (4:11.30).
WPI (6-0) hosts Bowdoin on January 10th at 2pm.