Nikolaki and Andrew Bauer Deliver All-America Performances at NCAA D-III Swimming & Diving Championships

Veronica Nikolaki

Greensboro, NC --- Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) became WPI's first women to earn NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving All-America honors and Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) picked up honorable mention accolades as the Engineers had a memorable showing on the second day of competition at the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. 

Nikolaki finished eighth on the one-meter board, amassing 403.15 points during her evening dives.  The senior, who is appearing in her third NCAA national championship, had an outstanding preliminary round, totaling 417.00 points and placing fifth through the morning session.  Nikolaki will finish her collegiate career Saturday in the three-meter event. 

Bauer tied for first in the 200-yard freestyle consolation final Thursday night with Ryan Fleming of Denison.  The junior clocked a school record time of 1:38.59, shaving nearly a half a second off of his morning heat of 1:39.18.  Bauer's and Fleming's performances would have tied for sixth place in Thursday night's championship final.        

Sophomore David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) was also in action on Thursday, finishing in 35th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.00.  Unfortunately the men's 200-yard freestyle relay saw its third place heat finish negated by a disqualification. 

Through two days of the four-day event, the WPI women are 33rd overall with 11 points and the men are 35th with eight points. 

Friday will see Alex Powers (North Scituate, RI) compete in the 100-yard breaststroke and Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) joining Powers, Smallwood and Bauer in the 800-yard freestyle relay.