Andrew Bauer, Smallwood Key Men's Swimming and Diving to Second at Gompei Invitational

Andrew Bauer
Andrew Bauer

WORCESTER --- Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) combined to win three events as the host WPI men's swimming and diving team finished second at the three-day Gompei Invitational this weekend. Bauer took home titles in the 100-yard (45.80) and 200-yard (1:43.57) freestyles while Smallwood struck gold in the 100-yard butterfly (50.57).  

WPI amassed 3,476 points to finish 352 behind team champion Stevens with 3,828 points. It was a two-horse race for first as the Engineers finished 1,378 points ahead of third-place Bryant University.

This was the first regular season loss for men's swimming and diving in the Sports & Recreation Center. Before that, they were 19-0 in dual meets, also winning two straight Worcester City titles and the previous two Gompei crowns.

WPI had a plethora of second-place finishes over the weekend.

Smallwood grabbed second in the 50 butterfly (22.97) and the 200 butterfly (1:55.28), while the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams all finished second.

Bauer was runner-up in the 50 freestyle (21.27), while Alex Powers (North Scituate, RI) took second in the 100 backstroke (50.87) and Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) did the same in the 100 breaststroke (57.58).

Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) finished second in the 100 butterfly (50.63), as did Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:10.43.

Powers also added third-place results in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.01, and the 200 backstroke (1:52.98).

Petri had four five 10 finishes in all, also taking third in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.27), fourth in the 50 breaststroke (26.94) and 10th in the 200 individual medley (2:00.42). Lastly, Petri came in ninth in the 100 individual medley (56.86), followed by Andrew Bauer in 10th place (58.39).

Jack Bauer was also a frequent point-scorer with five top six individual finishes. Bauer tapped the wall fourth in the 50 butterfly (23.27), fourth in the 50 freestyle (21.70), fourth in the 100 backstroke (52.81) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (47.88).

Overall, Gallant had five top 10 results, grabbing fourth place in the 100 individual medley (54.39) and the 200 individual medley (1:55.50), and then eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:58.36) and the 200 breaststroke (2:11.19).

Powers, Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA), and Andrew and Jack Bauer combined on the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.89), the 400 freestyle relay (3:05.72) and the 800 freestyle relay (6:47.18), finishing runner-up in all three.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Petri, Smallwood and the two Bauers also finished second with a time of 1:32.43), while a 400-yard medley relay group of Smallwood, Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA), Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) and Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) came in third place (3:31.72).

Hughes also stood out in the individual events, grabbing third in the 100 individual medley (54.25) and the 200 freestyle (1:45.34), and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:47.58). Hughes also finished eighth in the 100 freestyle (48.10) and 10th in the 50 freestyle (22.03).

Perry contributed four solo top eight results, coming in third in the 50 backstroke (24.47), fifth in the 100 butterfly (52.13), sixth in the 100 backstroke (53.05) and eighth in the 50 freestyle (21.90).

Kelleher did the same, coming up big in the 100 breaststroke (3rd - 58.46), and he also finished fifth in the 50 breaststroke (27.14), sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.83) and eighth in the 200 individual medley (1:59.32).

The hosts' final two third-place finishes came from Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA), taking third in the 1-meter dive (370.30 points) and 3-meter dive (364.00)

Cam Back (St. Louis, MO) and Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) finished back-to-back in the 200 butterfly in third (1:57.05) and fourth place (1:57.15).

Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) had an underrated weekend with four top 10 results. He finished sixth in the 100 butterfly (52.79), seventh in the 100 freestyle (47.95) and 200 freestyle (1:46.95), and 10th in the 50 butterfly (24.14).

Houghton chipped in fifth place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:56.58 and seventh in the 200 butterfly (1:59.10), while Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) was WPI's top swimmer in the 1,650 freestyle (8th - 17:06.73).

The Engineers' final two top 10 solo performers were Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland), who came in 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:13.03) and Trevor Gehring (Wildwood Crest, NJ), who did the same in the 400 individual medley (4:25.54).

WPI's 'B' relay teams also had several notable finishes. The 800 freestyle relay team of MacDonald, Smallwood, Gallant and Kelleher finished third with a time of 7:04.43, as did the 200 freestyle relay squad of Smallwood, Kelleher, Elsayed and Perry (1:26.29). The same group that race in the 200 freestyle relay also grabbed fifth place in the 400 freestyle relay, coming in at 3:12.29.

In the 200 medley relay, the 'B' team of Powers, Kelleher, MacDonald and Hughes finished sixth (1:36.62), followed by WPI's 'C' team of Perry, Gallant, Elsayed and Chris Massar (Monroe, CT) in seventh with a time of 1:37.66.

The Engineers close out the term with a Friday night trip to Wesleyan for the Cardinal Duals. First race is slated for 6pm.