Williams Starts Swimmingly for Men’s Swimming and Diving on Day 1 of Gompei Invitational

Sid Williams

WORCESTER – Sophomore Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) was involved in three of WPI Men's Swimming & Diving's top four results on Friday to put the Engineers in fourth place out of 12 teams after Day 1 of the Gompei Invitational. 

Williams had WPI's top individual finish, placing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.45 seconds, and also took part in two relays.  

He led off the hosts' fourth-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:34.04), swimming along Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH), Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and John Puksta (Nashua, NH), and the sixth-place mixed 200 medley relay, where Williams, Denbow, Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) and Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) combined for a time of 1:41.98. 

The points from those events sent the Engineers into fourth place in the teams standings with 603 points, trailing Rowan (914), Bryant (885) and Bentley (712), but 34 points ahead of fifth-place Stevens Institute of Technology (569). 

The home squad also swam to a sixth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT), Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA), Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) and Puksta broke seven minutes (6:58.98). 

Besch led WPI in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall ninth (51.44) and he followed behind Williams in the 50 freestyle, winning the B final in 21.72 seconds. 

Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) finished ninth in the 1,650 freestyle (16:47.02), as did Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.35). 

Denbow won the B final in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.76, which was the fourth-best time overall, just behind the top three finishers in the A final. 

Day 2 of the Gompei Invitational will begin with the morning preliminary session starting at 9am on Saturday, with the finals beginning at 5:30pm.