Worcester, MA --- WPI Men's Swimming & Diving closed out its second NEWMAC Championship Meet with depth and versatility, boasting the third-place finisher or better in five of the six Day 4 events. Those results helped the meet hosts maintain their second-place position, finishing runner-up to MIT for a second straight year.
The WPI men finished ahead of five other NEWMAC teams with a total of 1,066 points. That trailed Cambridge's Engineers grand total of 1,509 points, but sat well ahead of third-place Coast Guard with 794.
Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) took third with a school record in the 100-yard freestyle (45.59), while David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) did the same in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.89. Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) had an impressive third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.22) and Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) completed the circle, grabbing third in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.41) as the only WPI swimmer to make the 'A' final in that race.
Bauer finished one spot ahead of senior captain Ben List (Bedford, MA) (45.67) in the 100 free as both met the NCAA-B standard. It caps an outstanding meet for Bauer, who had two earlier victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle relay, while also taking second in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay.
He also closed out the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:03.63), as Bauer, List, Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) and Jonathan Decelle (Rumson, NJ) combined for WPI's best finish of the day.
Similar to the 100 free, Petri and Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) finished back-to-back near the top of the 200 breaststroke. Petri's time of 2:05.22 met the NCAA-B cut and just edged out the fourth-place Kelleher (2:06.67). Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) rounded out the WPI scoring in that event with the 17th-best time (2:13.76).
Smallwood was the top WPI swimmer in the 200 fly, but he and fifth-place Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY), who touched in 1:53.15, both met the NCAA-B cut standard.
Elsayed rounded out the 'A' final (10th, 1:58.28), but the hosts also did plenty of damage in the 'B' final as four more swimmers scored. Matt Houghton finished second in the 'B' race (1:58.07), followed by Cameron Back (St. Louis, MO) (13th, 1:59.37), Trevor Gehring (Wildwood Crest, NJ) (17th, 2:05.26) and James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) (20th, 2:10.73), which gave the Crimson and Gray seven scorers in that event alone.
Although MIT dominated the top four spots in the 1,650-yard freestyle, WPI cleaned up thereafter with six swimmers scoring across the 'A' and 'B' finals.
Senior Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) led the WPI contingency, coming in sixth with a time of 16:32.93. Macfarlane finished two spots behind Houghton in eighth (16:50.77), while Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) rounded out the top 10 with a time of 16:58.43.
Patrick Lebold (Worcester, MA) (17:21.26) had the 12th-best time, while Blake Cornachini (Branford, CT) (14th, 17:23.94) and Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) (15th, 17:44.78) joined Lebold in the top half of the 'B' final finishers.
Although he couldn't match the 100 free exploits of Bauer and List, Elsayed also left his mark in the sprint event, finishing seventh in 46.23. Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) came in 10th (47.22), while Decelle won the 'B' final in 46.72 and Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) took 15th place overall (47.30).
Three more swimmers scored in the 200 backstroke 'B' final, as Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) finished first in that race with a time of 1:56.28, which was eighth-fastest overall. Barrett came in 18th place (2:00.67), with Back clocking in right behind him (19th, 203.58).
Rounding out the WPI scoring was the 400 freestyle relay 'B' squad, which finished second to MIT in its race, just as the 'A' team did. The group of Hughes, Burgwardt, MacDonald and Powers clocked in at 3:06.94, which gave them the fifth-fastest time in either of the finals.
WPI now awaits the announcement of its potential NCAA Division III qualifiers.