Fagerholm Double-Win Drives Men’s Swim-Dive to Meet Win Over Wheaton, St. Michael’s

Peter Fagerholm

WORCESTER --- WPI Men's Swimming and Diving claimed nine event wins, including two by Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT), in a midweek matchup against Wheaton and St. Michael's for their first meet victory since their season-opening success in the Worcester City Championships. 

Fagerholm touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.87) and the 200 backstroke (1:57.80) to lead host WPI past Wheaton by a 154-113 score and St. Michael's, 170-100. 

Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) was WPI's only other double winner, taking the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.19 seconds and swimming the final leg for the Engineers' winning 200-yard medley relay team, which also included Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) and Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY), as they finished in 1:36.48. 

Williams was also the runner up in the 50 free (22.02), while Besch finished fourth (22.43). 

Freshman John Puksta (Nashua, NH) picked up a win in the 100 freestyle, leading a 1-2-3 finish by the Engineers, as Cory Helmuth (South Bend, IN) followed in second place (50.35) and Gregory Conrad (Ayer, MA) in third (51.22). Puksta also came in second behind Fagerholm in the 200 free (1:47.18), edging out teammate Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) in third (1:47.87). 

Meanwhile, Buglino notched a win of his own in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:55.34. 

Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) beat out teammate Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) to win the 1,000-yard freestyle, clocking in at 10:14.02 to Zimmermann's time of 10:23.82. Zimmermann also had a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.00), coming in behind Buglino and second-place Henry Buda (Laurel, MD), who finished in 4:55.77. 

Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:58.89. Buda had another runner-up finish (2:00.27), while Christopher Thomas (Naperville, IL) came in third (2:03.35). 

Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) had the Engineers' final victory in the 1-meter dive with a winning score of 200.77. 

Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO) finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.23) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.87) behind runner-up Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) (1:03.85). 

Along with his relay win, Staubi also took second in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.30 seconds. 

The Engineers have a busy schedule ahead, with four meets over the course of a week, starting with a trip to Berkeley Aquatic Club in New Providence, N.J., for a Saturday afternoon meet against Rowan, Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore.