Relays Key Inaugural Men’s Swimming & Diving Tech Sprints Title

Ricky Coffin

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WORCESTER – The WPI men's swimming & diving team won all four relays and accumulated five individual victories as the men's swimming & diving team claimed the inaugural Tech Sprints team title Sunday in an event conducted inside the Sports & Recreation Center.

WPI, the eighth-ranked team in New England, amassed 3,585 points as Bates, the 10th-ranked team in the region, pooled 2,671. Roger Williams posted 1,951 for third and Keene State shored up the teams with 691.

Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) won both diving events, in which WPI occupied four of the five entries, with school-record breaking scores. He totaled a 424.15 in the 1-meter and a 417.55 on the 3-meter. Senior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) (383.15, 369.40), freshman Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) (353.10, 349.90) and junior Ryan Coran (Potomac, MD) (306.85, 321.10) were third through fifth.

The foursome of sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden), sophomore Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and senior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) began the finals session with a winning-time of 1:35.29 in the 200-yard medley relay. They were followed by the senior-laden team of Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA), Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) and Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY), who posted a 1:37.40 to take second. Freshman Jehu De la Rosa (The Woodlands, TX), sophomore Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA), junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt), and junior Chris Massar (Monroe, CT) collaborated to win the B final with a time of 1:40.33.

WPI won each of the 100-yard medley relay finals and a fourth lineup placed second in the top grouping. Perry, Kelleher, Jack Bauer and Andrew Bauer struck gold with a 43.40. They were followed by Houghton, Petri, MacDonald, and Burgwardt (44.11). De la Rosa, freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT), Elsayed, and sophomore Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) won the B (45.94) and senior Evan Pilaar (Mahwah, NJ), freshman Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT), freshman Michael McCarthy (Long Beach, NY) and freshman Alex Duffield (Brookfield, CT) took the C (48.89).

An Engineer team also won each of the finals in the 100-yard freestyle relay. Jack Bauer, Kelleher, Burgwardt and Andrew Bauer earned gold (39.12) as Elsayed, Perry, Miralda and Chen took the B (40.58), and freshman Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) junior Bryant Babel (Oceanside, NY), junior Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) and senior Ricky Coffin (Pleasant Valley, NY) secured the C (44.28).

Burgwardt. Kelleher and the Bauers turned in a winning 1:26.40 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Chen, Massar, Miralda and Elsayed took the B final, in what would have been third in the A race, with a 1:29.63.

Perry only needed 23.92 to claim the 50-yard butterfly as Burgwardt and McCarthy were the B and C winners with times of 23.45 and 25.77. MacDonald (10.62) and Jack Bauer (10.71) earned gold and silver in the 25-yard butterfly as freshman Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) was the fastest in the B final (11.31). Jack Bauer (50.87) and Elsayed (50.92) were 1-2 in the 100-yard butterfly as Miralda (53.82) and Burgwardt (52.89) touched the wall first in the B and C final. MacDonald won the 100-yard IM (53.60) and Burgwardt came in third (54.55). Jack Bauer was the runner up in the 25-yard freestyle with a time of 10.18. Miralda claimed his second B final with a 10.38 as Massar was the top finisher in the C final (10.63).

Andrew Bauer delivered in the 50-yard freestyle (22.06) while Massar handed in a C-final-best of 23.36.

The 100-yard backstroke saw De la Rosa place second (54.78) and freshman Joshua Discroll (Haverhill, MA) finish third (59.19). Pilaar led the second grouping with a 58.89. Coffin also handed in a sub-one minute time with a sixth-place 59.87. Driscoll also placed fourth in the 25-yard version of the event with a time of 13.26. The 50-yard backstroke featured a second-place time of 25.04 by Perry.

Petri placed third in the 50-yard backstroke (27.09) while junior Trevor Gehring (Wildwood Crest, NJ) claimed the C final (29.42). Gehring later took the 25-yard backstroke B final (13.56).

Gallant was the top Engineer in the 100-yard breaststroke with a B final best-time of 1:01.36. Elsayed did the same in the 100-yard freestyle with a 47.53 as sophomore Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) handed in the top time in the C final (49.54). De la Rosa touched the wall first in the 200-yard IM B final with a time of 2:06.59. Chen (12.67) and Saperstein (13.91) claimed the 25-yard breaststroke B and C races for the Crimson and Gray.

Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) won both diving events in which WPI occupied four of the five entries. He totaled a 424.15 in the 1-meter and a 417.55 on the 3-meter. Senior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) (383.15, 369.40), freshman Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) (353.10, 349.90) and junior Ryan Coran (Potomac, MD) (306.85, 321.10) were third through fifth.

Junior Mike Giancola (Southwick, MA) competed in the 25-yard freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. Senior Thomas Hlavenka (Seaford, NY) participated in the 25-yard freestyle and breaststroke, as well as the 50-yard backstroke. Freshman Aaron Jo (Tustin, CA) took to the pool for the 25- and 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Hendrick Suwirjo (Derry, NH) clocked times in the 25- and 50-yard butterfly and 25-yard freestyle. Classmate Kyle Werra (Taunton, MA) swam in the 25- and 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

In the early afternoon distance session, Houghton claimed the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.02) while freshman Gavin Lee (Bethel, CT) picked up fourth-place points in the 500-yard freestyle (5:08.06) and seventh-place points with a 1:57.80 in the 200-yard freestyle. He also participated in the 100-yard freestyle. Junior James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) contested the 200-yard IM, as well as the 25-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly in the main event.

WPI heads down Park Ave for the 2pm Cougar Invitaitional Saturday. 


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