WORCESTER – The 2015-16 WPI men's swimming and diving team reset the standard for wins in a single season with its 11th victory with a 125-101 decision over NEWMAC and city foe Clark at the Kneller Center Pool Wednesday night.
Sophomore Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland), junior Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden), freshman Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and classmate Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) began the night with a triumph in the 200-yard medley relay (1:39.93). Petri went on to win the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:45.28) as Bauer delivered in the 100-yard freestyle (48.42) and Perry claimed the 100-yard butterfly (53.82). Junior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) secured the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.64) as freshman Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) struck gold in the 200-yard IM (1:56.99).
Sophomore Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) also took home a victory with 254.15 points on the 3-meter diving board. Junior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) was the runner up on the 1-meter board with 240.85 points. Sophomore Chris Massar (Monroe, CT) placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (22.96).
Once in exhibition mode, junior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA), junior Patrick Lebold (Worcester, PA), and Gallant each had the fastest times in the 100-yard backstroke (56.23), 500-yard freestyle (5:01.86) and 100-yard breaststroke (59.37), respectively. Bauer, Barrett, Houghton and freshman Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) teamed up to end the regular season with a 1:30.09, the quickest time of the night in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
WPI looks toward the NEWMAC Championships on February 18-21 hosted this year by MIT.