WORCESTER – The WPI men's swimming & diving team won all four relays and five different individuals secured victories at the third annual Tech Sprints Saturday in the Sports & Recreation Center. No. 17 WPI was joined by regional No. 9 Roger Williams, Bates, Keene State, Trinity and Wheaton.
Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT), senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) swept the medley relays with a 1:35.97 in the 200 and a 42.96 in the 100 as freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA), Perry, sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and Bauer claimed the 100-yard freestyle (39.42) and 200-yard freestyle (1:27.03).
Bauer did his thing in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.17, Chen led the way in the 50-yard breaststroke (26.25) and Perry touched the wall first in the 50-yard butterfly (23.00). Besch was the first of four Engineers in the 100-yard butterfly (52.69) and sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) was victorious in the 25-yard breaststroke (12.40).
Freshman Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) took under five minutes to win the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.83) as junior Gavin Lee (Bethel, CT) was third (5:12.25), senior Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) was fifth (5:14.86) and senior Kyle Werra (Taunton, MA) was seventh (5:30.65).
Denbow followed Chen in the 50 breast with a third-place 27.56 while Besch was second (23.31) and Williams (24.29) was fifth in the 50 fly. Perry, junior Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) and sophomore Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) completed the 100 fly quartet with second, third and fourth-place times of 53.18, 52.31 and 56.65. Senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) and sophomore Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) were third (12.56) and seventh (13.23) in the 25 breast.
Williams, Denbow, Besch and graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) teamed up for second-place finishes in the 100-yard (43.31) and 200-yard medley relays (1:35.97) while Chen, Barrett, Denbow and Miralda earned silver in the 100-yard freestyle relay (39.92) and bronze in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:27.62).
The duo of Williams (11.65) and Bauer (11.70) were 2-3 in the 25-yard backstroke while Gallant and junior Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) did the same in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:00.81 and 1:01.44, followed by freshman John Carroll (Naperville, IL) in fifth (1:04.87). Gallant (53.21) and Chen (54.91) were second and fourth in the 100-yard IM as Barrett (21.90) and Miralda (22.07) were second and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle. Saperstein collected silver (2:13.86) while freshman Griffin O'Neil (Liverpool, NY) was sixth in (2:27.84) the 200-yard breaststroke.
Junior Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) posted third place scores in both dives, including a 308.20 on the 3-meter. Junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:13.13) and Olson was third in the 400-yard IM (4:35.81). Miralda and Barrett secured third (48.61) and fifth (49.15) in the 100-yard freestyle. Scherrer and Chen, meanwhile, were third (11.22) and sixth (11.29) in the 25-yard butterfly, and freshman Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT) was third (26.15) and Olson was sixth (27.73) in the 50-yard backstroke.
Besch also took fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.19), as did Bauer in the 25-yard (10.37) and 200-yard (1:49.19) freestyle events. Scherrer was seventh in the 25 free (10.48) and junior Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) was seventh in the 200 free (1:49.67). The 200-yard IM saw O'Neil finish sixth (2:04.90) and Gallant win the B final with a 2:00.59.
Gallant, Hendrick Suwirjo (Derry, NH), Bauer, Perry, Miralda, Werra and Esquivel, as well as, Barrett were recognized prior to the final session for their contributions to WPI Athletics and the swimming & diving program.
WPI hosts the 2019 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships later this month. The four-day extravaganza begins on Thursday the 21st at 4pm.
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