Cambridge, MA --- The WPI swimming and diving teams got off to a strong starts on Thursday at the NEWMAC Championships hosted by MIT. With the Engineers competing in the 800-yard freestyle, the women sit in second place with a fourth place showing in the A relay and a second place finish in the B relay while men are in fourth place after both relays garnered second in their respective races.
The women amassed 56 points and trail only MIT (70). The Crimson and Gray are closely followed by Wheaton and Coast Guard (54 each) and Wellesley (52) in the 10-team field. The men collected 60 points Thursday on a day that just featured the 800 freestyle relay and the one-meter diving event in which WPI had no entries. Springfield leads the way with 94 points trailed closely by MIT (91) and Babson (67) in the seven-team event.
In the championship final of the men's 800 freestyle relay, the quartet of Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA), Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) and John Puksta (Nashua, NH) reached the wall in a time of 6:46.06. The NCAA B-cut time trimmed nearly 13 second off its seed time of 6:58.98. The foursome of Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT), Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ), Henry Buda (Laurel, MD) and Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) recorded a time of 6:55.55 to defeat Coast Guard by half a second for second place in the consolation final.
The women's A relay shaved nearly 12 seconds off its seed time when the foursome of Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT), Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX), Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), and Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) collected a time of 7:47.31. The B relay had a great showing in the consolation final as the quartet of Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY), Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA), Anna Matsco (Windham, NH) and Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) posted a time of 7:53.32, nearly five seconds ahead of third place Wellesley.
Friday will feature the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay trials at 10am, and the women's 1-meter dive prelims are scheduled for the afternoon. Finals are set to begin at 6pm.