Worcester, MA --- Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY) and Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) both notched victories as the WPI Men's Swimming & Diving team had its most productive day yet of the NEWMAC Championship Meet.
The tournament hosts entered Day 3 in second place with 356 points, and the Crimson and Gray added another 346 points across seven events on Saturday. The WPI men remain in second with 702 points — well behind first-place MIT (1,027), but also comfortably ahead of third-place Coast Guard, which will enter the final day with 581 points.
After opening up Day 1 with a win in the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Engineers pulled off the same thing on Day 3, as the sophomore MacDonald won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:04.25, which also met the NCAA-B standard.
Bauer, also a sophomore, glided to the win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.88), posting an NCAA-B cut time that would have been good enough to meet the cut-off for last year's NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.
David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) and Bauer were both part of Thursday's winning relay, and Smallwood just missed out on a second victory, coming in second in the 100-yard butterfly (49.51) with yet another NCAA-B standard time.
Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) (51.12) and Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) (51.15) were far behind him, finishing back-to-back in fifth and sixth place. Ben List (Bedford, MA) and Cameron Back (St. Louis, MO) also scored in the 100 fly, with the senior List finishing 12th (51.95) and Back following in 18th place (53.49).
The 100-yard breaststroke also went swimmingly for the Engineers, thanks to Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) and Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), who finished third (56.98) and fourth (57.44), respectively. Both times met the NCAA-B cut.
Shane Bell (LaCanada, CA) rounded out the event for WPI with a ninth-place finish (1:01.56) in the 'B' final.
Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) gave the hosts another top five finish (5th) in the 100-yard backstroke, coming in at 51.78. Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) finished third in the 'B' final (53.83) and Burgwardt took fourth (53.84).
The WPI men had five other swimmer score in the 400 IM, in addition to MacDonald. Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) finished sixth (4:11.79), with Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) following in eighth place (4:12.17).
Trevor Gehring (Wildwood Crest, NJ) had the 15th-best time (4:23.16), while fellow freshman Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) came in just behind him in sixth (4:24.30) in the 'B' final. Blake Cornachini (Branford, CT) came in three spots behind Carley, posting time of 4:25.28.
The Crimson and Gray picked up another 30 points in the 3-meter dive as sophomore Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) came in sixth (401.25 points) and freshman Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) finished 10th overall (361.05).
The meet hosts also pocketed 60 points in the only relay event of the day, finishing second to MIT in both the 'A' and 'B' finals of the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Powers, Petri, Smallwood and list made the NCAA-B cut with the second-fastest time (1:32.12). Meanwhile, Matt Houghton, Kelleher, Burgwardt and Hughes combined to finish their race in 1:34.83 for the fifth-best time overall.
Trials resume at 10am tomorrow morning, while the night session finals will begin at 6pm.
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