North Dartmouth, MA --- Four individual and both relays secured victories as the WPI men's swimming & diving team defeated host UMass Dartmouth, 163.5-66.5, and Wheaton, 155-79, in a double dual Wednesday night in Tripp Athletic Center. The Lyons also defeated the hosts 155-79.
With the sweep, No. 18 WPI (12-2) sets the program record for dual meet wins in a single season. The previous standard of 11 was achieved in 2015-16, and again in 2016-17. Wheaton moves to 5-6 and UMass Dartmouth ends up at 3-4.
Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA), senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA) began the night with a triumph in the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.50) while the meet was punctuated by a victory by the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:25.53) which consisted of Williams, Perry, Bauer and senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras).
Individually, Bauer took the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 51.70 while Perry claimed the 100-yard butterfly (53.20). Junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) touched the wall first in the 500-yard freetyle (5:00.25) as did sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.06).
Gallant was the runner up in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:35.66) along with Miralda in the 50-yard (22.88) and 100-yard (48.75) freestyles. Sophomore Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) added a second-place 2:05.25 in the 200-yard IM and freshman Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT) turned in a second-place 1:49.69 in the 200-yard freestyle.
Sophomore Tom Lipkin (Mont Vernon, NH) represented the Engineers in the diving events and was just .40 points off a third-place showing in the 1-meter.
WPI entertains Clark Wednesday at 6:30 while UMass Dartmouth hosts Norwich on January 26 at 2pm and Wheaton welcomes Tufts Saturday at noon.