Williams and Nelson Claim Hardware as Men's Swimming and Diving Wins City Title Again

Sid Williams

WORCESTER, MA -- Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) and Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) garnered major awards as the WPI Men's Swimming and Diving won the Worcester City Meet for the eighth straight season. The two-day event was hosted by Holy Cross.  

Williams was named the Justin Ferris (WPI) Swimmer of the Meet and Nelson garnered the Whit Griffith (WPI Coach '82-'02) Diver of the Meet award. As a team the Engineers amassed 1,134 points to capture the Paul Parenteau trophy for the 14th time in 19 years.  Division I Holy Cross was second with 831 points, Clark was third (556) and Assumption made its debut with 100 points.  

The sophomore Williams played a role in six of the Engineers' 12 event wins, while Nelson took first in the 1-meter dive (214.65) and 3-meter dive (200.40). 

Individually, Williams won the 50-yard freestyle (22.33), 100-yard freestyle (49.02) and the 100-yard backstroke (53.17). He was also part of WPI's 200-yard freestyle relay win (1:30.10) alongside Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT), John Puksta (Nashua, NH) and Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY), while a team of Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA), Puksta, Fagerholm and Williams claimed victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:17.49. 

Williams, Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH), Besch and Puksta joined forces to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.14). He was a part of the second place in the 400-yard medley relay foursome (3:14.61), with Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT), Christopher Thomas (Naperville, IL) and Fagerholm. 

Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.87 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:25.51. Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) finished second in 1,000 free in 10:30.25. Additionally, Zimmerman was the runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.22), followed by Shriner (3rd, 5:04.14). 

Shriner was also an event winner for WPI, beating the field in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:30.51 and taking second in 200-yard butterfly (2:02.05). 

Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY) had a notable City Meet as well, winning the 100-yard butterfly (54.47), coming in second in the 100-yard backstroke (55.52) behind Williams, and clamining fourth in the 50-yard free (23.07), just one-hundredth of a second behind Puksta, who finished in third place (23.06). 

Fagerholm followed Williams, finishing runner-up in the 100 free (49.98), while Puksta (50.06) rounded out the top three. Fagerholm was then the third-place finisher in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.70). 

Meanwhile, Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) medaled in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing second (2:21.56), followed by Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO) in third place (2:22.13) and BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) in fourth (2:25.07). 

McCann also came in third in the 200 IM (2:08.55). Jeong and Jehu De La Rosa (Mission, TX) claimed fourth (2:09.87) and fifth place (2:10.09). 

Although Denbow took third-place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.61), he finished just 0.43 seconds behind event winner Josh Nascimben of Holy Cross. 

WPI opens its home season on Friday, taking on Babson and Brandeis at 6:30pm.