WORCESTER -- The WPI men's swimming and diving team won 17 of 18 swimming events to capture its four straight Worcester City Championship this weekend, amassing 1,309 points to exceed last year's total by 52 points.
The Engineers won the Paul Parenteau trophy as men's team champion, while freshmen Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) shared the Justin Ferris Award for the top male swimmer. (pictured below)
Holy Cross finished second with 1,018 points, while Clark came in third with 600 points. The Engineers set meet records in 12 events, including all five relays.
Bauer was a part of six wins, which all set Worcester City Championship records. The youngster won the 100-yard backstroke in 52.54 and the 100-yard butterfly (50.89), and came in second in the 100-yard freestyle (48.21). He was also a part of wins in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:27.38), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.00), 200-yard medley relay (1:36.45) and 400-yard medley relay (3:31.28).
Gallant set meet records in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.61 and the 400-yard individual medley in 4:12.86. He also finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.41). WPI had the top five finishers in the 200 IM, four of the top five in the 400 IM and the top three in the 200 breaststroke.
Junior Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) also set two meet records with his wins in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.99) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.43). Petri was also part of WPI's 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay wins and finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.56.
Jack Bauer's older brother Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) set meet record in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in just 22.40 seconds. Bauer also won the 100-yard freestyle (47.62) and 200-yard freestyle (1:45.62) and took part in the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and 800-yard freestyle relay, which also set a meet record, clocking in at 7:07.85.
Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) won the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.67) and came in second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.97) behind Andrew Bauer as WPI took the top four spots. Hughes was also part of four of the Engineers' five relay wins.
Senior captain Alex Powers (North Scituate, RI) had one win and two second-place finishes, taking the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.58) and finishing runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke (54.65) and 200-yard individual medley (1:58.55).
WPI's final win came in the 1,650-yard freestyle, which Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) won in 17:12.42. Esquivel also came in second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.86) and third in the 400-yard individual medley (4:30.72).
David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) took third place in the 50-yard freestyle (22.56) and 200-yard freestyle (1:48.43) and 100-yard butterfly (52.79). Smallwood swam in three winning relays, the 800-yard relay and both medley relays.
Additionally, Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) came in third in the 100-yard freestyle (48.73) and was part of three of WPI's winning relay teams, taking part in the 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle medley.
Sophomore Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) took second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.42) and swam in the Engineers' winning 800-yard freestyle relay.
Meanwhile, Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) also contributed with second place in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.55) and 100-yard butterfly (52.51) and also came in third in the 100-yard backstroke (55.76).
Cam Back (St. Louis, MO) came in second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.52, while Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) came in second in both diving events with 370.65 points 1-meter dive and 402.59 points in the 3-meter dive.
Holy Cross' Ricky Marcangeli won the Whit Griffith Award as the event's top diver after winning both diving events.
WPI returns to action on Wednesday, competing in a tri-meet against Wheaton and UMass-Dartmouth out in Norton.
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