Nelson Leads Balanced Effort as Men's Swimming and Diving Knocks Off Clark

Chris Nelson

WORCESTER --- Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) won both diving events and WPI turned in the fastest times in all 11 swimming events as the Engineers defeated city rival Clark 148-75 in a men's swimming and diving meet on Tuesday evening. 

With the result, the Crimson and Gray evened their dual meet record at 8-8 overall. 

Nelson started the event with a win in the 3-meter diving with a total score of 197.09 and was followed by teammate Michael Morin (Windham, CT) in second with a total score of 134.17. Later the pair took the top two spots in the 1-meter diving with Nelson taking first (207.74) and Morin in second with 132.82 points. 

The swimming success started in the 400 medley relay when WPI took the top two spots. A team of Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH), Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and John Puksta (Nashua, NH) finished in 3:38.69 for first place while a team of Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT), Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA), Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) and Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) took second in 3:42.11. 

In the 1000 free, Archie Milligan (Middlebury, VT) earned a victory in 10:33.00 and teammate Denbow took first in the 50 free in 23.05. The success continued into the 200 free when Staubi swam to first in 1:48.34 and Christopher Thomas (Naperville, IL) took second in 1:50.25. 

The Engineers took the top two spots in the remaining four fully-scored events. In the 200 IM, Puksta took first in 2:01.97 while Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD) earned second in 2:03.83. Shriner swam to first in the 100 butterfly in 54.68 and teammate Thomas took second in 54.86. Henry Buda (Laurel, MD) earned his individual victory of the day in the 100 free when he swam the event in 49.23 for a new personal best. BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) was right behind Buda in second with a time of 50.41, which is also a personal best. The final event was the 100 backstroke where Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) took first in 57.36 and Shriner took second in 58.33.

Others to touch the wall first for WPI included Fagerholm in the 500 freestyle (5:02.38), Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD) in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.34) and the 200 freestyle relay of Staubi, Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA), Jehu De la Rosa (Misson, TX), Besch (1:34.21).  

WPI has a split schedule on Saturday with members headed to New York to meet Hartwick at noon and Vermont to tangle with Norwich at 1pm..