WORCESTER – Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) repeated as the 200-yard backstroke champion to collect his sixth career individual title as WPI finished third as a team at the 2018 Gompei Invitational that concluded Sunday night in the Sports & Recreation Center.
Bryant claimed the title with 5269.5, followed by Rowan (4370.5), WPI (4323), Stevens Institute of Technology (3605) and Bentley (3200.5). Roger Williams led the next five with 2423 points while Assumption paced single gender teams with 2223. Brandeis took eighth (2016.5) while Vermont was ninth (1835.5) and Babson was 10th (1299). Saint Rose finished 11th (1252) as Southern Connecticut was 12th (1156.5), Merrimack was 13th (623), Clark was 14th (278) and Colby-Sawyer was 15th (115).
Bauer followed up his 100-yard backstroke win Saturday night with another B cut performance, this time a 1:48.52 in the 200-yard version of the event. Overall, he claimed three 100 backs (2016, 2017, 2018), two 200 backs (2017, 2018) and a 100-yard butterfly (2016). Junior Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA) was eighth as sophomore Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) was 15th, junior Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) won the C final (21st), and freshman Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) was 25th.
The 100-yard IM featured a third-place 53.06 by Bauer. Junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT) was right behind in fourth and sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) touched the wall ninth. Freshman BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) was 16th and sophomore Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) was 19th. The Engineers also had freshman Griffin O'Neil (Liverpool, NY) come home 27th and junior Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) take 28th. Senior Kyle Werra (Taunton, MA) also picked up points in 30th.
The 500-yard freestyle saw sophomore Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) clock a 4:44.17, which was good for third. Junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) added a sixth-place showing to go with a B final win (21st) by senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras). He was followed by Olson and freshman Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) in 15th and 18th, and classmate Henry Buda (Laurel, MD) was 30th.
Chen needed only 26.36 to place fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke in a final that saw sophomore Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD) finish 10th. Freshman John Carroll (Naperville, IL) and Saperstein were 14th and 18th, and sophomore Tom Lipkin (Mont Vernon, NH) was 22nd.
Freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) handed in a 31.37 to secure seventh in the 50-yard backstroke while classmate Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) was ninth and sophomore Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) was 10th. Freshman Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH) came home 20th as sophomore Theresa Sandbrook (Davie, FL), sophomore Mary Rego (Amherst, NH) and junior Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC) were 22nd through 24th.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Miralda, senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI), graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Bauer closed out the meet with a sixth-place 3:08.21 and the women's 400 free relay quartet of sophomore Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA), de Oliveira, junior Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and Pawlak were eighth in their final (3:39.46).
Berner took ninth in the 100-yard freesyle in a time of 54.64. Wang and freshman Kimmy Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) posted 19th and 20th-place finishes as Pawlak won the C final and was followed by junior Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) in 26th.
The men's 200-yard butterfly was highlighted by a ninth-place 1:57.57 by Perry. Buda and junior Michael McCarthy (Long Beach, NY) pitched in with 22nd and 23rd-place swims.
Freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) was 10th (2:19.24) in the 200-yard butterfly, as did the A configuration of the mixed 25-yard synchro diving relay. The 200 fly also included junior Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) in 15th, junior Anna Matsco (Windham, NH) in 16th, sophomore Annie Hughes (Woodbury, NJ) in 28th and sophomore Elena Raden (Hockessin, DE) in 30th.
Freshman Monika Nowak (Longmeadow, MA) guided the Engineers in the 100-yard IM with a 15th-place 1:03.64, followed by junior Brianna Owen (Harleysville, PA), freshman Sophie Chase (Cape Elizabeth, ME) in 18th, Edwardson in 20th, and Petropulos in 29th.
The 100-yard freestyle saw Miralda take 17th (47.93) and Barrett finish 18th, and freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA) turn in a 26th-place time.
Junior Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) represented the Crimson and Gray in the 500-yard freestyle with an 18th-place 5:18.08. Junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) was 18th to pace the home team in the 200-yard backstroke (2:12.93). Harter was two spots behind in 20th while senior Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) and freshman Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX) were 22nd and 24th.
A number of teams will be making a return trip to WPI in February for the Northeast 10, America East or NEWMAC Championships. In the meantime, the Engineers (men - RV) will have a tough C-term final Saturday at Wesleyan. The 1pm meet also features nationally-ranked Tufts (men – 11th, women – t16th) and Williams (women – 5th, men – 18th).