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Greensboro, NC --- Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) collected his third career individual All-America honor, this time in the 200-yard backstroke, Saturday night at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the ODAC and Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Bauer concluded his standout career with a third-place 1:45.48 after taking second in the 100 version of the event on Friday evening. Chicago junior Byrne Litschgi (Tampa, FL) was first in a time of 1:44.04 and Denison junior Bebe Wang (Naperville, IL) was second (1:44.93).
In all, Bauer is a seven-time All-America, including as part of the sixth place 200-yard medley relay in 2017 and a trio of honorable mention quartets.
Earlier in the day, sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) posted a 47.31 in the 100-yard freestyle before teaming with graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland), senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) to hand in a 3:09.85 in the 400-yard freestyle relay (watch).
As a team, the Engineers tied for 17th, one spot shy of the record set by the 2017 squad, with a total of 49 points. Sixteen points were a result of the medley relays that saw all six WPI student-athletes, including junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT), secure All-America honorable mention accolades.