Besch, Shriner Lead Way For Men’s Swimming & Diving In Four-Way Meet At Williams  

Matt Shriner

Williamstown, MA – Juniors Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) both pocketed third-place finishes during a challenging four-way meet on Saturday that also included Tufts, Williams and Wesleyan. 

Besch impressed in the 50-yard butterfly (3rd, 23.35) and 100 butterfly (4th, 52.90) events, while Shriner led three WPI swimmers in the top 10 in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing third with a time of 2:00.79.  

The Engineers managed one win, topping Wesleyan by a 218-87 score, but they fell to Tufts, 251-68, and host Williams, 215-92, to move to 2-5 in meets so far. 

Besch and Shriner rounded out their day by helping WPI to a pair of strong finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay. A group of Besch, Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD), John Puksta (Nashua, NH) and Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) took fourth place with a time of 1:29.79, while the foursome of Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA), Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) and Shriner came in one spot behind (5th, 1:30.67).  

Staubi paced the Engineers in the 100-yard backstroke, taking fifth place in 54.69 seconds to finish ahead of Fagerholm in ninth (57.45) and Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TV) in 10th (57.95). The freshman Staubi also grabbed seventh place in the 50-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 25.48 seconds. 

Fagerholm led a contingent at the back end of the top 10 in the 200-yard backstroke, coming in seventh place (2:01.26), while Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) was ninth (2:05.88) and De La Rosa took 10th (2:06.09). 

Junior Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) led WPI in the three breaststroke events, with his best finish coming in the 200-yard iteration, as he touched the wall in 2:19.40 for fifth place. Denbow also secured seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01:82) and eighth in the 50-yard breaststroke (28:12).  

Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO) took seventh place (2:20.57) in the 200 breaststroke and Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) ninth (2:24.97). 

Puksta finished top 10 in the 200-yard freestyle (6th, 1:48.25) and 100 free (10th, 49.70). Meanwhile,  Zimmermann had a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.78) and Buglino came in 10th in the 50 free (22.82). 

Fagerholm led the Engineers in the 400-yard individual medley (7th, 4:31.53), with McCutcheon (10th, 4:38.45) also cracking the top 10. 

Along with Shriner's strong result, freshmen Christopher Thomas (Naperville, IL) and Peter Guertin (Sutton, MA) snuck inside the top 10 in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in ninth and 10th place with times of 2:03.72 and 2:04.44. 

In the diving events, Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) was fifth in the 3-meter dive (208.81) and sixth in the 1-meter dive (193.88). 

Men's swimming and diving will be back in the comfortable confines of WPI Sports & Recreation Center for next Saturday's afternoon meet against MIT and Bowdoin.