WORCESTER --- The WPI men's and women's swimming teams combined efforts to win five individual events, two relays, post five school records and three B cuts to claim their own Gompei Invitational, which concluded Sunday night. The 2016 format featured combined team scores.
The Engineers totaled 5136.5 points to lead Stevens Institute of Technology (4225), Rowan (4198) and Division I Bryant (3969.5). Division II Bentley was fifth (2641.5) and, despite not having both genders, Division II Assumption finished sixth (2524.5). Roger Williams (2458), Division II Saint Rose (1679), Brandeis (1005.5) and Babson (792.5) rounded out the top 10. Marywood (407), Clark (293) and Division II Merrimack (273) completed the field.
Senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden) had an excellent weekend by winning the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes trials with record-setting and B cut times of 56.52 and 2:04.48 before turning in gold-medal times of 56.80 and 2:04.63 in the finals. Junior Jennifer Day (Chelmsford, MA) began the weekend by achieving a B cut and resetting her own 1650-yard freestyle record in a runner up time of 17:20.50. Meanwhile, her 1000-yard split of 10:30.04 was 1.09 seconds off that record. Sophomore Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) was the favorite after the 100-yard IM prelims and clocked a 52.90 to finish .17 ahead of senior Seth MacDonald's (Sherrill, NY). MacDonald who entered the weekend with his name on the wall also came in under his 2014 time to place second. The final record to fall was the women's 100-yard backstroke as senior Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH) shaved .57 off her previous record to claim third place with a 59.03. Sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) touched the wall first with a 50.85 in the 100-yard backstroke and a 49.72 in the 100-yard butterfly.
The foursome of Jack Bauer. Petri, sophomore Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and senior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) delivered in the 200-yard medley relay (1:31.59) as Jack Bauer, Petri, Junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) and Andrew Bauer took the 400-yard version of the event in a time of 3:22.92. The men's freestyle relays earned silver as the quartet of Jack Bauer, senior Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY), senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) and Andrew Bauer posted a 1:24.28 in the 200 and the 400 team of Elsayed, Gallant, Jack Bauer and Andrew Bauer handed in a 3:05.79.
Gallant was the runner up in the 200-yard IM (1:54.43) and was followed by MacDonald in sixth (1:56.06). Andrew Bauer took second in the 100-yard freestyle (46.05) and led Burgwardt (fifth– 46.90), Elsayed (sixth – 47.07) and Kelleher (ninth - 47.97). Day took second in the women's 200-yard butterfly (2:08.36) as senior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) came home 10th (2:14.72). Senior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) tied for second in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.40) to go with an eighth-place (1:58.03) swim by freshman Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA), who was bumped up to the A final. Gallant ended up ninth (2:00.14).
Freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT) clocked a fifth-place 55.44 in the 100 IM as sophomore Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) was sixth (55.48), Petri was seventh (56.33) and Andrew Bauer was ninth (1:01.06). Andrew Bauer secured bronze in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:44.74 as Elsayed was seventh (1:45.89) in the 200 and eighth (51.43) in the 100-yard butterfly. MacDonald and Jack Bauer placed fourth (1:55.76) and fifth (1:56.23) in the 200-yard butterfly. The women's 200-yard freestyle relay of junior Thea Reymann (Toms River, NJ), senior Eva Childers (Henniker, NH), Day and Martin handed in a fourth-place time of 1:39.58.
Junior Kristen Bender (Simi Valley, CA) had the top Engineer score in the 3-meter with a 354.40 to take fourth and was fifth (354.25) on the 1-meter after posting a 383.60 in the initial session. Junior Hayley Poskus (Middleboro, MA) improved on her initial set of dives on the 3-meter to record an eighth-place 323.5 and was eight points off her first set with a ninth-place 317.50 on the 1-meter. Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) amassed the best 1-meter total with a sixth-place 388.40, just .15 shy of his prelims score, and ended up seventh on the 3-meter (307.70). Senior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA), meanwhile, boasted the best men's placing with a fifth-place 336.5 on the 3-meter and totaled 347.50 on the lower board to finish ninth. Freshman Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) made the 3-meter finals where he improved 11.30 points in the finals with a 10th-place 311.30.
Andrew Bauer was .17 quicker than Jack Bauer in the 50-yard freestyle to take fourth (21.37) and seventh (21.54) as Kelleher came home 10th (21.78). Gallant and Kelleher chipped in with the fifth (2:08.64) and eighth (2:09.30) best times in the 200-yard breaststroke. Martin was fifth in the women's 50 free with a 24.81 and part of the fifth-place (7:53.37) 800-yard freestyle relay which included Reymann, freshman Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA), and Day.
A trio of relays took sixth. Patterson, senior Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), freshman Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), Day and Martin needed just 1:50.14 in the 200-yard medley relay as Reymann, senior Tori Claverie (Derry, NH), Day and Martin registered a 3:38.51 in Sunday's 400-yard freestyle relay. Kelleher, Freshman Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA), Miralda and Burgwardt collaborated to post a 7:03.49 in Friday night's 800-yard freestyle relay. The 100-yard breaststroke also saw Kelleher claim sixth (58.12) and Chen two spots behind in eighth (58.27). Houghton handed in a 52.96 to take seventh in the 100-yard backstroke. Patterson, Grant, Wang and Martin secured seventh in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:04.34.
Zimmermann was ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:52.68) and 500-yard freestyle (4:51.79) as Wang clocked a 2:16.86 in the 200-yard IM. Tenth-place Engineers included Grant in the 100-yard IM (1:04.79) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.90), as well as Wang in the 100-yard butterfly (59.97).
Eggleston, Day and freshman Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK) each won a B final with times of 1:03.60 in the 100-yard IM, 5:09.92 in the 500-yard freestyle and 4:45.31 in the 400-yard IM. Perry tied for 11th in the 100-yard butterfly (52.31) as did Burgwardt in the 50-yard freestyle (21.89). Martin was the favorite to take the 100-yard freestyle second final but ended up 13th despite being .54 seconds quicker with a 54.27.
In a 100-yard breaststroke C final that featured five Engineers, Eggleston was the quickest with a 21st-place 1:09.99. She also won the 200-yard breaststroke C final in a time of 2:36.35. Patterson jumped up eight spots to claim the 100-yard butterfly third final with a 1:00.24. Also earning a victory in the initial heat of the night were Reymann in the 100-yard freestyle (54.58), junior Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) in the 400-yard IM (4:31.39) and freshman Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.50).
Childers added a 15th-place 1:59.38 in the 200-yard freestyle and Freshman Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) was 18th in the 200-yard backstroke (2:13.05).