Cambridge, MA --- Junior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) was named the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year and freshman Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) was named the NEWMAC Men's Swimming Rookie of the year as WPI finished second at the 2016 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships Sunday night. The Engineers 1097.5 points were not enough to knock off host MIT who accumulated 1468 points over the four-day event.
Andrew Bauer joins WPI Hall of Fame member Joel Rousseau as the only Boynton Hillers to take home the accolade and becomes the first to win a pair of individual events at a single conference meet since Rousseau turned the trick in 2007. Andrew followed up his 200-yard freestyle title last night with a B cut and school-record 45.41 to claim the 100-yard version of the event. He later teamed with Jack Bauer, as well as seniors Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) and Alex Powers (North Scituate, RI) to earn silver in the final race of the weekend with another B cut and school record (3:02.53) in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The younger Bauer placed sixth in the 100 free (46.89) in addition to his outstanding performances over the three previous days to become the first WPI student-athlete to be selected since the award began in 2009. The 100 free also saw Hughes finish fifth (47.62) and sophomore Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) come home 10th (47.69).
Junior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) was fourth in the 200 back with a school record time of 1:52.11 and was followed by Powers in sixth (1:52.31). Sophomore Cam Back (St. Louis, MO) and junior Evan Pilaar (Mahwah, NJ) were 18th (2:02.25) and 20th (2:02.85) in the B final while sophomore Bryant Babel (Oceanside, NY) was the second alternate (2:06.26). The 200 fly saw sophomore David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) achieve a B cut with a fifth-place 1:53.05. Also representing the Engineers in the 200 fly were Back in eighth (1:55.07), junior Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) in ninth (1:55.83), Houghton in 11th (1:57.11) and sophomore Trevor Gehring (Wildwood Crest, NJ) in 17th (2:02.10).
Freshman Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) was .07 off a B cut with his fourth-place time of 2:05.62 in the 200 breast. Junior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) was sixth (2:06.20) and junior Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) was eighth (2:06.80). Freshman Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) led five Engineers in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a sixth-place 16:35.50. He was followed by sophomore Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) in seventh (16:42.85) and sophomore James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) in eighth (16:47.19). Sophomore Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) and Babel added 11th and 14th-place times of 17:15.86 and 17:42.24.
The 400 free relay B lineup of Barrett, Elsayed, Kelleher and freshman Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) scored ninth-place points with their time of 3:08.03.
WPI now awaits the announcement of its potential NCAA Division III qualifiers.