Williams Maintains Stellar Start to Deliver Split Result for WPI Men’s Swimming & Diving

Aaron McCutcheon

WORCESTER --- Good things continue to happen in events that Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) takes part in, as he was part of both wins for WPI on Saturday as Men's Swimming & Diving hosted Coast Guard and Southern Connecticut State. 

The Engineers finished with a split result in the three-way meet, beating the Owls, 186-110, but falling to the Bears by a 166.50-121.50 score. Additionally, Coast Guard beat Southern Connecticut, 186-110. 

Williams had WPI's only individual win in the 100-yard backstroke (52.38), finishing ahead of Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY) in third-place (54.31) and Ryan Martinage (Bethesda, MD) in fourth with a time of 55.25 seconds. 

The Engineers also claimed victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as a team of Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY), Staubi, John Puksta (Nashua, NH) won with a time of 1:29.00. Staubi, Besch, Williams and Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) then joined forced to finish runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.12). 

Williams was then WPI's top swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle, coming in fourth place in 22.46 seconds. Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD) finished fifth. 

Puksta took over the reins in the 100-yard freestyle and 200 free, taking second place in both with times of 49.09 seconds and 1:47.08.  

Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) came in fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.85) and also had a pair of runner-up finishes in other events.

Fagerholm led WPI in the 200-yard backstroke (2nd, 1:58.58), followed by Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) in third place (2:02.35). Fagerholm then finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.25), while Denbow came in third place (2:04.72) and McCutcheon in fourth (2:08.00). 

The Engineers had yet another runner-up performance in the 200-yard butterfly, thanks to Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA), who just broke two minutes with his time of 1:59.96. In the 100 butterfly, Staubi grabbed third place (53.73) and Besch finished close behind him in fifth (54.25). 

Denbow was WPI's top swimmer in the breaststroke events, finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.92) and fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.31). 

Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) took fifth place in the 500-yard freestyle (4:56.94) and sixth in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:27.32. Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) eked past Zimmermann in the 1,000 free (10:21.36). 

Rounding out the results, Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) finished second in both the 1-meter dive (201.65) and 3-meter dive (186.65). 

The Engineers are back in action next Saturday, Nov. 16 in a four-way meet at Williams College that will also include Tufts and Wesleyan.