Trumbley and Houghton Strike Gold for Men's Swimming and Diving at Wheaton Invitational

Adam Trumbley
Adam Trumbley

Norton, MA --- Adam Trumbley (Prospect, CT) and Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) both secured victories, while Matt Puksta (Nashua, NH) and Evan Pilaar (Mahwah, NJ) turned in strong all-around performances as the WPI men's swimming and diving team impressed at the unscored Wheaton Invitational meet. 

Trumbley won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.23 seconds, while he also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (49.23) and fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke, and swam on several of the Engineers' top relay teams. 

Houghton claimed gold in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:22.58, beating out teammate Keahi Goodale (Kailua-Kona, HI) in second (4:28.62) 

Puksta came close to wins in three different events, placing second in the 100-yard butterfly (54.97), the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.14) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.47). Senior Tom Graf (Pittsburgh, PA) finished third behind Puksta in both breaststroke events, and also won the 100-yard time trial (51.90). 

The sophomore Puksta was also WPI's top finisher in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing sixth (2:03.70), and again edging Goodale (7th place, 2:05.24). 

Like Puksta, his classmate Pilaar medaled in several events, taking second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.44) and third in the 100-yard backstroke (56.56). Pilaar finished fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.84), while another sophomore, Ricky Coffin (Pleasant Valley, NY) grabbed second (2:06.45) in the same event. 

Palaar was also fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (55.77), two spots behind Puksta, but one place ahead of Coffin in fifth (56.45). 

Freshman Bryant Babel (Oceanside, NY) finished third in the 1,000-yard freestyle, beating Coffin (4th place, 11:02.60) in a back-to-back finish.     

Jonathan Decelle (Rumson, NJ) also medaled with third place in the 50-yard freestyle, while freshman Ryan Coran (Potomac, MD) finished third in both the 1-meter dive (270.45 points) and 3-meter dive (284.00).           

Another newcomer, Mike Giancola (Southwick, MA) was the Engineers' top swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle, coming in seventh place (5:08.06). 

Chris Massar (Monroe, CT) rounded out WPI's individual performances with fourth in the 50-yard time trial (23.47). 

The men's swimming and diving team also had several impressive relay finishes. 

WPI's B squad beat the A team in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Trumbley, Pilaar, Eric Schattschneider (Mount Kisco, NY) and Bryan Adie (Southington, CT) teamed up for a second-place finish (1:31.47). 

The Engineers also claimed second in the 400-yard medley relay (3:45.37) with a group of Trumbley, Pilaar, Coffin and Keith Gagnon (West Hartford, CT). That same team of swimmers also took fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.44). 

Trumbley, Puksta, Gagnon and Adie grouped up for a third-place result in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:21.94) as Trumbley medaled five times in the meet.