Cambridge, MA --- Another NCAA B cut time, and a third place relay finish helped the WPI men's swimming team to third place in the NEWMAC Championships Sunday night in Cambridge. After a pair of fifth place finishes on Saturday, Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY) took second in the 200 Back final in a time of 1:49.32 Sunday notching an NCAA B cut time in the process.
The Engineers finished the meet with 868.5 points, good for third place for the fourth straight year. MIT earned the victory finishing with 1535 points, while Coast Guard finished in second with 1128.5 total points. Rounding out the competition are Springfield in fourth (467), Babson in fifth (463), Wheaton in sixth (415), and Clark in seventh (258).
Seven different Engineers took part in the 200 Back championship and consolation finals and joining Staubi in the championship were Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) who finished seventh in 1:52.06 while Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) placed 10th touching the wall in 1:56.78. In the consolation finals, Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) was the first Engineer to finish, in 13th, with a time of 1:57.40. Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA) came next in 14th in 1:59.15, while Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) finished 15th in 1:59.22 and Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) finished 20th in 2:09.65.
The 1650 Free featured four different swimmers representing the Crimson and Gray as Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) raced to a sixth place finish, clocking in at 16:26.73 while Matthew Olson (Honolulu, HI) placed seventh in 16:27.85, Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) took eighth in 16:37.03 and Henry Buda (Laurel, MD) finished ninth, completing the mile in 16:37.13.
Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) paced the Engineers in the 100 Free finals with a seventh place finish in 45.52. In the consolation finals, Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) ended in a tie for 13th in 47.03, John Puksta (Nashua, NH) finished 15th in 47.43 and Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD) took 18th in 47.84.
The 200 Breast finals featured another five Engineers while Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) led the way with a 10th place finish in 2:09.61 in the A finals while Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) took 11th in 2:07.12, Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) finished 14th in 2:10.87, Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO) touched the wall in 16th place in 2:12.20 and BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) rounded out the pack in 17th in 2:12.67.
Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) touched the wall fourth in the finals of the 200 Fly in a time of 1:51.46. The Boynton Hillers racked up points in the event as Buda was 14th (1:54.85), Michael McCarthy (Long Beach, NY) 18th (2:00.78) and Christopher Thomas (Naperville, IL) 20th (2:01.95).
The night ended with the 400 Free relay that saw a third place finish for the Engineers as the 'A' squad of Fagerholm, Staubi, Besch, and Williams combined for a time of 3:04.12 while the 'B' team of Zimmermann, Scholz, Puksta, and De la Rosa ended the night with a second place finish, 12th overall, in the consolation final in 3:08.35.
WPI will find out this week if they have any qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. The four-day event is scheduled for March 18-21 in Greensboro, NC.