Saturday Sweep - Men's Swimming and Diving Notches Victories at Hartwick and Norwich

Markus Zimmermann

Oneonta, NY and Northfield, VT --- With two victories today over Hartwick and Norwich, the men's swimming and diving team secures their eighth consecutive winning season. Against Hartwick the Engineers earned nine first place victories for their impressive 161-127 win. 

WPI started the meet with a 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 1:37.66. 

After that came the individual events where the Engineers took the top two spots in both the 1000 free and the 200 free back-to-back. In the 1000 free, Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) claimed the victory in 10:14.50 and was tailed by Henry Buda (Laurel, MD) in in second place just slightly behind him in 10:14.98. For the 200 free, Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) came out victorious in 1:49.82 and was followed in by Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) in second with a time of 1:50.07. 

Staubi represented the Engineers in the 100 backstroke with a first place finish in just 53.75 while Shriner claimed first in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.57. Williams took second in the 50 free in 21.94 and the 100 free in 48.05, both just seconds off from his personal bests. Staubi claimed another individual win in the 200 backstroke where he recorded a time of 1:57.60 and teammate Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) took second in 2:01.63. 

Denbow earned two second place finishes in the meet in the 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM. In the 200 breaststroke, Denbow swam the event in 2:15.60 and in the 200 IM he placed second with a time of 2:03.94. In the final individual swimming event of the meet, Besch took first in the 100 butterfly in just 52.97.  To round out the swimming for the day, a team of Staubi, Besch, Buglino and Williams finished the 200 free relay in first place with a time of 1:27.93.  

When it came to diving, Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) represented the Engineers with a win in the 3-meter diving with a total of 193.75 points and a second place finish in the 1-meter diving with 197.60 points. 

The group that was at Norwich was equally as successful claiming ten first place finishes along with three of the fastest times to end the meet ahead of Norwich 149-135. 

The meet started with a win in the 200 medley relay where a team of Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT), Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD), Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) and John Puksta (Nashua, NH) finished in 1:41.24. 

In the 1000 free, Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) took first in 10:27.14 and Archie Milligan (Middlebury, VT) swam to second with a time of 10:37.31. Zimmermann later took second in the 200 butterfly in 2:05.07 right behind Scherrer who claimed first in 2:04.06. In the 500 free, Zimmermann claimed the fastest time with 4:53.65. 

Fagerholm swam to two first place victories. In the 100 backstroke he took first in 54.13 followed by Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) in second with a time of 57.41. In the 100 free, Fagerholm was the solo Engineer in the top two and took first in 49.05. De La Rosa went on to claim first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.80 and was trailed by teammate Milligan who took second in 2:06.52. 

Puksta claimed a first and second place finish between the 200 free and the 50 free. For the 200 free, Puskta won the event in 1:48.83 and Evan Buckley (Burnt Hills, NY) swam to second in 1:52.49. Puksta then trailed Gregory Conrad (Ayer, MA) who took first in the 50 free in 22.52 while Puksta claimed second in 22.74. 

Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) swam to a first-place victory in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.01 while Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) took second in 1:04.19. McCann later won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:18.53. To finish out the meet, Scherrer swam the fastest time in the 100 fly with a time of 54.75 while John Carroll (Naperville, IL) claimed the second fastest time in the 100 IM in 58.72. 

The Engineers ended the meet with the best time in the 200 free relay with a team composed of Fagerholm, Zimmermann, Scholz and Puksta who finished in 1:29.31. 

WPI is back in the pool on Saturday, February 1, at the Tech Sprints set to start at 9am and 4pm before heading to the NEWMAC Championships on February 20 through February 23.