WORCESTER – Sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) accomplished a rare feat and set three records for the WPI men's swimming and diving team as the Engineers remain third after the third day of the 2017 NEWMAC Championships, which are being held in the Sports & Recreation Center. The sophomore became the second in program history to win two individual events in the same day. He joins 2012 WPI Hall of Fame inductee Joel Rousseau '07, who did it during the 2007 NEWMACs.
MIT ended the night with 1,004 points. Coast Guard (745) and host WPI (715) are second and third while Wheaton (446) is fourth, Babson (291) is fifth. Springfield (290) is sixth and Clark (178) is seventh.
After breaking his 100-yard backstroke record last night as part of the 400-yard medley relay, Bauer bettered it again to win the individual version of the race in a time of 49.26, which was also a meet record, NCAA 'B' cut and below the 2016 invited time. Earlier in the evening, Bauer took the 100-yard butterfly in a B cut and 2016 time of 48.88. His third record came in the final event as he reset his own 50-yard backstroke mark with a split of 22.87 in the Engineers third-place and B cut time of 1:31.44 in the 200-yard medley relay. The team also included senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden), sophomore Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and senior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI).
Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) also reset his own record with a fifth-place 435.25 on the 1-meter board. Senior Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) ended up seventh with a total of 395 points. Petri was also fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.01) while Andrew Bauer added to the family's win total and record collection with a B cut and 2016 time in the 200-yard freestyle. In addition to Petri, freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT) and senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) took fifth (57.67) and sixth (57.80) in the 100 breast.
The 200-yard freestyle B final saw freshmen Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) and Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) in 12th (1:45.57) and 13th (1:46.56) to go with a 17th place (1:47.49) showing by classmate Alex Duffield (Brookfield, CT). Junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) was fourth (50.04) and Perry was 10th (51.41) in the 100-yard butterfly A final while senior Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) and sophomore Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) were 15th (51.56) and 17th (52.62). Senior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) joined Jack Bauer in the 100 back final with a seventh-place 52.24. Freshman Joshua Discroll (Haverhill, MA) won the B final in a time of 53.25 and was followed by fellow rookie Jehu De la Rosa (The Woodlands, TX) in 12th (53.96).
Houghton, Kelleher, senior Seth MacDonald (Sherrill, NY) and Burgwardt completed their evening with a second-place time of 1:33.82 in the 200-yard medley relay consolation final. MacDonald was also third in the 400-yard IM in a B cut time of 4:06.12. Sophomore Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) then touched the wall fifth (4:08.82). Driscoll, junior Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT), sophomore Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and freshman Michael McCarthy (Long Beach, NY) were 13th (4:13.51), 15th (4:18.39), 16th (4:18.83) and 18th (4:26.10) in the 400 IM.
The final day of competition will include the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Trials begin at 10am and finals at 6pm.