Hoboken, NJ --- The Engineers were propelled today by top-three sweeps in both the 200 butterfly and 500 free that led their success in the pool with a total of 27 top-three finishes in their 133.50-128.50 dual meet road victory at Stevens.
In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Henry Buda (Laurel, MD) led the way for WPI with the first-place spot in 1:57.80 for a personal best and was followed by Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) in second (2:00.46) and Peter Guertin (Sutton, MA) in third (2:05.68). The second sweep of the day occurred in the 500 free with Buda taking the victory once again in 4:49.37 for his second personal best of the day. Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) claimed second in 4:50.74 and Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) swam to third in 4:50.77.
The Engineers started their day with a first-place win in the 200 medley relay with a team composed of Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH), Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) who swam the event in 1:36.80. WPI also took third in the event when Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA), Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD), Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) and John Puksta (Nashua, NH) finished in 1:41.14.
Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) and Zimmerman claimed the only other victories of the day with Olson winning the 1000 free in 10:00.33, his best time in the event, and Zimmermann taking the victory in the 200 free in 1:46.05. Behind Zimmermann in the 200 free was Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) in second with a time of 1:48.41. Staubi took second in the 100 backstroke in 54.21 while Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) earned third (55.34).
The Engineers then went on to claim second in the 100 breaststroke with Denbow swimming the event in 1:01.58 while BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) swam to third in 1:04.41. Next was the 50 free where Williams took second in 21.99 and was followed in by Besch who took third in 22.29. Williams claimed another second-place finish in the 100 free when he swam the event in 48.36.
Fagerholm struck again for the Engineers with a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:58.04. He was trailed by teammate Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) who took third in 2:00.96. In the 200 breaststroke the only top-three finish was by Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) who finished in third with a time of 2:17.13.
WPI nabbed second and third in the 100 butterfly with Besch taking second in 52.49 and Staubi taking third in 52.91. Shriner claimed his second top-three finish in the 400 IM when he took second in 4:26.77 and was followed in by teammate Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO) in third with a time of 4:29.94.
The Engineers finished out the day with a second and third place finishes in the 400 free relay. A team of Zimmermann, Fagerholm, Puksta, and Williams earned second in 3:13.64 and a team of Denbow, Scholz, Besch and De la Rosa swam to third in 3:17.45.
WPI (7-8) is back in the pool on Tuesday, January 21, at Clark for a dual meet at 6:30pm.