Men's Swimming & Diving Better in 14 of 16 Events in Sweep of Wheaton & UMass Dartmouth

Nathan Hughes
Nathan Hughes

Norton, MA --- The WPI men's swimming and diving team had the best performance in all but two events en route to a sweep of Wheaton, 168-115, and UMass Dartmouth, 193-76, Wednesday night.

The Engineers picked up their ninth and 10th victory of 2015-16 to tie the program record for wins in a single season, matching last year's total.

After senior Alex Powers (North Scituate, RI), junior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), freshman Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and junior Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) collaborated for a second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:38.67, three of the four went on to combine for a quartet of individual victories. Bauer took the 50-yard freestyle (21.89) and the 100-yard butterfly as Powers claimed the 100-yard backstroke (54.44) and Kelleher touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Sophomore Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) swept the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:08.39) and 500-yard freestyle (4:56.13) while freshman Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) secured the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.41) and had the best time in the 200 IM (1:56.47). Sophomore James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) was first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.29) as was junior Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.25). Junior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) struck gold in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 48.27 and classmate Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) took the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.96).

Junior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) totaled 257.03 for the best score in the 3-meter dive as sophomore Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) was second in the 1-meter (241.73) and had the second-best score on the 3-meter with 239.85.

Andrew Bauer, freshman Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI), sophomore Chris Massar (Monroe, CT) and senior Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) capped the night with the quickest time in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.44).

The Engineers close out the regular season with a short jaunt to Clark on Wednesday for a 6:30pm start.

A photo posted by WPI Athletics (@wpiathletics) on Jan 20, 2016 at 7:40pm PST

A photo posted by WPI Athletics (@wpiathletics) on Jan 20, 2016 at 7:41pm PST