Bauer Threepeats as Men’s Swimming & Diving Concludes Third Day of NEWMACs

Clayton Besch (middle), Jack Bauer (right)
Clayton Besch (middle), Jack Bauer (right)

WORCESTER – Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) reset his own meet record with his third consecutive gold medal in the 100-yard backstroke as the WPI men's swimming & diving team remains in third place following the penultimate day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championships being held in the Sports & Recreation Center.

MIT eclipsed 1,000 points and heads into the final day with 1,016 points while the host Engineers total 576. Coast Guard is second with 829.

Bauer touched the wall in 48.08, an improvement of .16 on his time from a year ago, while freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA) debuted with a seventh-place 51.45. Freshman Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT) and junior Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA) represented the Engineers in the consolation final.

Sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) edged Bauer in the 100-yard butterfly in the race and on the record board, and was one of two to best the previous meet record, as the duo finished second (48.43) and third (49.01) with B cuts. Senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) came home fifth for the Crimson and Gray with a time of 49.50.

The 200-yard medley relay consisting of Bauer, junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT), Besch and senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) took third with a time of 1:29.90 as the quartet of Williams, sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH), Perry and Fagerholm claimed second in the B final with a time of 1:33.13.

Chen was fourth (56.30) and Denbow was eighth (57.91) in the 100-yard breaststroke A final as sophomore Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) and freshman BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) earned points in the consolation heat.

Senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) clocked a sixth-place 4:06.89 in the 400-yard IM while Driscoll, McCann, junior Michael McCarthy (Long Beach, NY) and freshman Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) swam in the B final. Miralda led a contingent of Engineers in the 200-yard freestyle with a 12th-place 1:43.64. Junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA), Fagerholm, sophomore Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA), freshman Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) and graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) also took part in the race.

Prior to the relay, junior Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) amassed 315.95 points on the 1-meter diving board, which was good for 10th place.

The final day begins with the prelims on Sunday at 10am, followed by the finals session at 6pm. The events include the 1650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly and the 400 freestyle relay.