New Providence, NJ --- Junior Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) and sophomore Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) both recorded two individual top-five swimming performances for WPI while Williams contributed to two top-five relay finishes and Denbow contributed to one to help lead the Engineers past Swarthmore.
WPI edged out Swarthmore 134-125 while No. 5 Johns Hopkins and No. 14 Rowan proved to be tough competitors. No. 5 Johns Hopkins won 190-71 while No. 14 Rowan took the 143-116 victory. The four teams competed at Berkeley Aquatics in New Providence, NJ with Rowan playing host.
The Engineers started the day off with a victory in the 200 medley relay with a team composed of Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Denbow, Williams and Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) who finished in 1:34.14 just over three-tenths of a second faster than the Johns Hopkins team.
The 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke were the three best events for the Engineers where they posted two top-five finishes in each. Williams tallied one of his individual top-five times in the 100 backstroke when he took second in 51.91 while Staubi finishes right behind him in third with a time of 53.58. In the 200 backstroke, Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) swam to third in 1:57.24 and teammate Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) earned fifth in 2:01.68. Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) placed third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:12.70 and Denbow took fourth in 2:14.30.
Denbow claimed his second top-five finish in the 100 breaststroke when he earned fifth in a time of 1:00.37. Williams swam to his second top-five finish in to 50 free in 21.99 for a fifth-place finish.
In the 1650 free, Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) was the lone top-five performance with a fifth-place finish in 16:41.58, which set a new personal record. Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) swam to third in the 200 butterfly in 1:55.12 while Besch earned a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 51.03.
The Engineers ended the day with a fourth-place finish in the 200 free relay where a team composed of Staubi, Besch, Williams and John Puksta (Nashua, NH) edged out Swarthmore in 1:26.68.
WPI is back in action on Sunday, January 19, at Stevens for a noon start.