WORCESTER – WPI senior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) was a runner up in an individual event and two relays as the men's swimming & diving team sits third following the first full day of competition at the 2017 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships. Senior Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) broke the 200-yard IM record, as did the 400-yard medley relay.
MIT paces the field with 534 points as U.S. Coast Guard finishes the day second (384). The host Engineers head into the penultimate day third (338) followed by Wheaton College in fourth (235), Babson College in fifth (177), Springfield College sixth (170) and Clark University seventh (130).
Bauer was the fastest in the 50-yard freestyle with a 20.80, which was .21 off his own record, and touched the wall second in the finals with a time of 20.86. It was the third consecutive year he earned silver in the event. He began his night helping the 200-yard freestyle relay achieve an NCAA 'B' cut in a second-place time of 1:22.40. The rest of the group included sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) and senior Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY). Jack Bauer, Kelleher, Burgwardt were joined by freshman Alex Duffield (Brookfield, CT) in the morning trials. The quartet of Jack Bauer, senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden), MacDonald and Andrew Bauer became the Crimson and Gray's fourth consecutive silver medal team in the 400-yard medley relay with a school record, NCAA B cut, 2016 qualifying time of 3:20.21. Senior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) Junior Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) and Duffield filled in for the Bauers and Petri during the morning session.
Both Bauers were on the 200 free relay 2016 championship team. Andrew Bauer was a part of the 2015 championship squad, as well as the 2014 championship team along with Burgwardr. Petri headlined the 400 medley relay as a member of the last four second place squads. For Andrew Bauer and MacDonald, it was their second as they were on the 2016 and 2014 lineup card, respectively. The 400 free relay also saw freshman Joshua Discroll (Haverhill, MA), Burgwardt, junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) and freshman Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) take the morning shift as Houghton, freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT). Elsayed and Burgwardt went on to finish second in the B final in a time of 3:25.99
The 200 IM saw a pair of Engineers in each final as Duffield was .23 seconds off an alternate spot with a 2:01.46. MacDonald took fourth in a record pace of 1:53.15 and sophomore Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) wasn't far behind in fifth (1:53.58). Petri ended up 17th (1:56.10) and Chen was two spots behind in 19th (1:57.65).
In addition to the elder Bauer, the Engineers boasted six finalists and both alternates in the 50 free. Jack Bauer was just .16 behind Andrew in third (20.96) as Burgwardt took ninth (21.39) in the championship final. The consolation heat featured sophomore Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) in 12th (21.61), Elsayed in 16th (21.75) and Kelleher in 18th (22.00). Freshman Jehu De la Rosa (The Woodlands, TX) was .17 shy of an evening spot as he and Sherrer were the next ones in at No. 21 (22.11) and 22 (22.15).
Sophomore Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) came home ninth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.54) while freshman Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) won the B final with a time of 4:43.82. Junior James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) clocked a 4:57.68 to secure seventh in the consolation event.
Saturday showcases the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and the 1-meter dive. Trials begin at 10am and finals at 6pm.
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