Relays Bookend Men’s Swimming Victory over Stevens in Nationally-Ranked Dual

Matthew Olson

Hoboken, NJ --- WPI seniors Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI), and junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT) teamed up to bookend a 146-116 men's swimming & diving victory over host Stevens at the DeBaun Aquatic Center Pool Saturday afternoon.

The Engineers, ranked 18th by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), improve to 8-2 while the 20th-ranked Ducks slip to 2-3 on the year.

In addition to taking the 200-yard medley relay (1:35.28) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.07), the quartet accounted for four individual wins and a pair of runner up finishes. Chen secured the 50-yard (27.22) and 100-yard (59.45) breaststrokes while Perry touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (52.41) and Bauer did his thing in the 100-yard backstroke (52.33). Miralda was second in the 100-yard (48.72) and 200-yard (1:46.08) freestyles.

Freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA) won the 50-yard backstroke (24.49) while sophomore Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) earned gold in the 500-yard freestyle (4:56.12) and senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) was the victor in the 200-yard IM (1:58.96). Sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) led the way with a 23.45 in the 50-yard butterfly and was third in the 50-yard freestyle (22.23). Freshman Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) added a third-place 10:22.89 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

WPI is back in action tomorrow at Northeast South No. 8 Franklin & Marshall. The 1pm meet also features Susquehanna. The Ducks host the Stevens Invitational Saturday. The event includes No. 4 Johns Hopkins, No. 13 Rowan and No. 24 Swarthmore.