Bauers Power Men's Swimming and Diving in Dominant New England Invitational Performance

Andrew Bauer

Worcester, MA --- WPI Men's Swimming and Diving won six events and finished runner-up in eight others to carry the day at the New England Invitational, a non-scoring meet of top teams in the northeast hosted at WPI on Saturday.

Junior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) had a hand in three WPI event wins, including the 100-yard freestyle, which Bauer won in 47.51 seconds.

Bauer was also involved in both of the Engineers' winning relays, joining Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA), Alex Powers (North Scituate, RI) and Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) on the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:25.88).

Lastly, Bauer swam the closeout lap for the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:31.66), which also included Powers, Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) and David Smallwood (Bangor, ME). WPI won the event with the same team last year.

Jack Bauer and Petri also won solo events, with the latter taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.49. Bauer scored his win in the 100-yard butterfly (51.14).

Freshman newcomer Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) showed his promise with a victory in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:14.45, and a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1;02.11), finishing just behind Petri.

Alex and Jack Bauer joined forces on both of the Engineers' second-place relay teams. Powers and Hughes joined the Bauer brothers on the 400-yard freestyle relay team, which finished runner-up in 3:12.83. Petri and Smallwood joined the Bauers on the 200-yard medley relay squad, which had a time of 1:36.75.

Andrew Bauer also took second-place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.14, giving him five events where he finished in the top two.

Jack Bauer matched him with a runner-up performance in the 50-yard butterfly (23.68), finishing back-to-back with Smallwood (23.88) in second and third.

Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) got into the mix by finishing second in the 50-yard backstroke, while Powers led a parade of WPI swimmers in the 200-yard individual medley. Powers took second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.48, followed by freshman Logan Chen (Cambridge, MA) in fourth (2:05.47), Hughes in fifth (2:06.26) and Petri close behind in sixth place (2:06.39)

Cam Back (St. Louis, MO) grabbed third place in the 100-yard butterfly (54:02), as did James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.77). Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) came in fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:11.22).

Hughes and Smallwood finished in fifth and sixth place in the 50-yard freestyle, separated by just over a tenth of a second with times of 22.30 and 22.42.

The senior Hughes was also involved in two top six relay finishes, joining Jack Bauer, Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) and Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) on the fifth-place 400-yard medley relay team (3:38.68).

Hughes then swam with Powers, MacDonald and Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) on the sixth-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:40.20).

MacDonald also finished seventh in the 400-yard individual medley (4:27.40) to round out WPI's top 10 swimming performances.

Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) came in second in the 3-meter dive (237.35 points) and fourth in the 1-meter dive (233.40), while Ryan Coran (Potomac, MD) finished seventh in both the 1-meter (162.10) and 3-meter (181.70) dives.

WPI is back in the pool Sunday, hosting a tri-meet against Babson and Brandeis before heading on the road for the first time at Coast Guard on Nov. 14.