Worcester, MA --- For the second consecutive year, host WPI Men's Swimming and Diving opened the four-day NEWMAC championships with a relay win. The Engineers amassed 99 points on the night and stand in second place behind pace-leading Springfield.
The 800 freestyle relay team of David Smallwood (Bangor, ME), Alex Powers (Glocester, RI), Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) and Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) came in first with a time of 6:45.47, which set the pool and team records.
Bauer, Hughes and Powers all swam on last year's winning 800 free relay, which owned the previous pool record. The sophomore Bauer again had the fastest spit, finishing the anchor leg in 1:39.14 to beat their 2014 time by 3.49 seconds. The men's 800 free relay team meet the NCAA-B cut qualifying standard for a second straight year.
The men's 800 free relay 'B' team took second in its heat and came in sixth-fastest of any team. The Engineers used a team of Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), Jonathan Decelle (Rumson, NJ), Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY), Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) to finish in 6:56.91.
Trials will resume at 10am tomorrow morning, while the finals get under way at 6pm.
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