Men’s Swimming & Diving Ties Single Season Dual Meet Wins Record

Jehu De la Rosa

WORCESTER – WPI had the best performances in all 16 events as the men's swimming and diving team defeated crosstown foe Clark,154-103, Wednesday night.

With the win, the Engineers (11-3) conclude the dual meet season with their record-tying 11th win of the campaign as the Class of 2017 concludes their career with a 39-9 record, including a 20-1 ledger in the friendly confines of the Sports & Recreation Center.

The foursome of senior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA), senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), senior Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) and sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) kicked things off with a 1:36.26 in the 200-yard medley relay. Individually, Houghton took the 100-yard butterfly (54.74) as MacDonald earned gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.25) and touched the wall first in the 50-yard butterfly (24.12). Bauer was successful in three of his four swims, which included the 50-yard freestyle (21.67) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.36). The 200 free relay also featured junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt), Kelleher and senior Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY), who was the quickest in the 200-yard IM,

Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) totaled the best diving scores of the night with a 257.25 on the 1-meter and 254.50 on the 3-meter. Freshman Jehu De la Rosa (The Woodlands, TX) claimed the 100-yard freestyle (48.72) as did sophomore Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) in the 50-yard backstroke. Sophomore Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) delivered the 100-yard backstroke (58.17) as senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden) and freshman Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) secured the 50-yard (26.93) and 100-yard (1:03.30) breaststrokes, respectively. Sophomore Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) was the fastest in the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.96).

The Engineers host the Tech Sprints Sunday beginning with the trials at 9am and concluding with finals at 4pm while the Cougars (0-6) host Brandeis Saturday at 1pm.

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