Cambridge, MA --- Junior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) collected the only WPI victory as the 23rd-ranked men's swimming and diving team split a double dual with Bowdoin and No. 4 MIT Saturday. The Engineers defeated the Polar Bears 153-108 and were upended by the host MIT 244-50.
Bauer was the first to touch the wall in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 52.24. He began the meet by joining sophomore Dave Chen (Niantic, CT), junior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and graduate student Erick Burgwardt (Honeoye Falls, NY) in the second-place 200-yard medley relay (1:34.33). Senior diver Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA), meanwhile, amassed third-place scores at both heights.
The foursome of senior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt), Bauer, Perry and Burgwardt teamed up to hand in a 1:27.49 to take fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Chen was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.27) while freshman Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) was fourth in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyles with times of 4:58.93 and 10:13.56, as well as the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.03). Burgwardt and Elsayed each took fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.27) and 100-yard freestyle (47.01), respectively. Elsayed led WPI in the 100-yard butterfly (6th - 51.87) as well.
Junior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) handed in fifth place times in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.22) and 200-yard IM (2:01.22). Freshman Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) came home sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.96) while classmate Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) posted a seventh-place time of 1:59.05 in the 200-yard backstroke.
The Engineers now look toward the three-day Gompei Invitational beginning on December 1st.