Williams Paces Men’s Swimming and Diving in Home-Opening Losses to Babson, Brandeis

Clayton Besch (Photo by D3Photography.com)

WORCESTER -- Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) led the way for the WPI Men's Swimming and Diving with a pair of second-place finishes on Friday in the Engineers' home-opening meet versus Babson and Brandeis. 

WPI (0-2) fell to the Beavers, 154-117, and to the Judges by a 140-131 score. 

Williams' blazing time in the 50-yard freestyle was good for second (22.12) and he was the runner up in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.17 seconds. The sophomore was also a member of both of WPI's third-place relay teams. 

Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY) came in second in the 50-yard backstroke in 25.59 seconds, followed by Ryan Martinage (Bethesda, MD) in third place (26.37). Staubi claimed fourth-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (54.72) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.23), also joining Williams' team in the 400-yard medley relay.  

Meanwhile, Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) was runner up in the 50-yard butterfly (24.04) and fourth in the 50 free, clocking in at 22.64 seconds. 

In the 100-yard freestyle, Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) finished third (49.13), just ahead of teammate John Puksta (Nashua, NH) in fifth (49.89). Puksta returned the favor in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:47.65 to take third place and edge out Fagerholm in fourth (1:48.58). 

Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) finished less than a second ahead of Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) in the 500-yard freestyle for third place (4:58.97). Buglino was fourth, breaking the five-minute mark at 4:59.54. Zimmermann was also the Engineers' top swimmer in the 1,000 free (4th, 10:26.14).

Puksta, Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD), Fagerholm and Williams combined on the third-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:14.70). A team of Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA), Zimmermann, Besch and Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) followed in fourth with a time of 3:21.47.

Williams, Scholz, Staubi and Fagerholm teamed up for the 400-yard medley relay (3rd, 3:37.04) finishing back-to-back with a squad Martinage, Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO), Shriner and Puksta, who grabbed fourth place (3:45.55). 

Lyon (4th, 30.13), Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) and Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT), came in consecutively in the 50-yard breaststroke with the latter two posting fifth and sixth-place times of 30.39 and 31.01 seconds. 

The same thing happened in the 100-yard breaststroke, as Lyon led WPI, coming in fourth again. BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) and McCann finished fractions of a second behind Lyon in fifth (1:05.70) and sixth place (1:05.82). 

The Engineers had another 4-5-6 cluster in the 100-yard butterfly, with Staubi in fourth place, Shriner in fifth (55.03) and Christopher Thomas (Naperville, IL) in sixth (55.32) to finish. 

In the 400-yard individual medley, McCann and Griffin O'Neil (Liverpool, NY) finished back-to-back in fifth (4:37.37) and sixth (4:40.25) place. 

Henry Buda had a pair of top-five results in the 50-yard butterfly (4th, 25.07) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:32.76). 

The Engineers will be back in action looking for some wins on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a noon home meet versus Coast Guard and Southern Connecticut.