Men's Swimming & Diving Wins Sixth Consecutive Worcester City Championship

Men's Swimming & Diving Wins Sixth Consecutive Worcester City Championship

WORCESTER -- Junior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) was named the Justin Ferris (WPI) Swimmer of the Meet as the Engineers picked up their sixth-straight Worcester City Championship Saturday at Clark.

In addition to the current string of titles, WPI has now claimed the Paul Parenteau trophy 10 times in 14 years. Mr. Parenteau was a coach and mentor to thousands of swimmers in the Worcester area for over 40 years.  He founded the swim team at Holy Cross in 1965. Clark senior Steven Castiglione (North Haven, CT) earned the Whit Griffith (WPI Coach '82-'02) Male Diver of the Meet accolades.

The Engineers, who won 14 of the 15 swimming events, totaled 1,030 points to best Division I Holy Cross (823) and NEWMAC opponent Clark (467).

Perry swept the individual butterfly events with a 23.17 in the 50 and a 53.74 in the 100. He also swam the third leg of the victorious 200-yard medley and freestyle relays. The medley quartet, that also featured junior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), sophomore Dave Chen (Niantic, CT) and graduate student Erick Burgwardt (Honeoye Falls, NY), teamed up to touch the wall in 1:36.99 while the freestyle foursome, including Burgwardt, senior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) and junior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) handed in a time of 1:28.03.

Bauer claimed both backstroke titles with a 23.91 in the 50 and a 51.93 in the 100. He was also the first leg of the 400-yard medley relay along with Chen, freshman Tucker Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and Elsayed that collaborated for a winning-time of 3:35.08. Elsayed, Miralda, Burgwardt and Bauer brought it home with a 3:16.63 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Chen was the quickest in both individual breaststrokes with a 27.22 in the 50 and a 59.20 in the 100. Burgwardt chipped in with the top time in the 50-yard freestyle (21.87) and was three tenths off the time handed in by a Crusader with a 48.62. Freshman Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) claimed the 500-yard freestyle in just under five minutes with a time of 4:59.49. Sophomore Jehu De la Rosa (The Woodlands, TX) touched the wall in 1:49.91 to take the 200-yard freestyle and junior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) recorded a 1:59.90 in the 200-yard IM.

Senior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) was second to Castiglione with scores of 279.25 and 256.80 on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, respectively.

WPI entertains Babson and Brandeis at 7pm Friday and is back in the Sports & Recreation Center at 1pm to face RPI.