200-Yard Medley Relay, Gallant and Berner Help Swimming & Diving Pace Gompei Invite

Frederick Burgwardt
Frederick Burgwardt

WORCESTER – The 200-yard medley relay and junior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) earned wins for the men while the women were led by freshman Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA) as the WPI swimming & diving teams completed day one of the three-day combined scoring Gompei Invitational in first place.

The Engineers amassed 1,808 points followed by Rowan (1,644) and Division I Bryant (1,496.5).

Junior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), sophomore Dave Chen (Niantic, CT), junior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and graduate student Erick Burgwardt (Honeoye Falls, NY) turned in a winning-time of 1:31.31. Gallant achieved vicory in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:54.53 and Berner clocked a 59.15 to claim third in the 100-yard butterfly.

Bauer went on to take sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.38) and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (50.59). Chen was the runner up in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.07) as Perry came home third in the 100-yard butterfly (50.39) and won the 50-yard freestyle B final with a time of 21.66. Burgwardt delivered a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (21.21) and was 20th in the 100-yard butterfly (52.76). Berner also placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.88), and was the anchor leg of the 11th-fastest 200-yard medley relay (1:50.99) and leadoff leg of the 13th place 800-yard freestyle (8:06.90).

Burgwardt, senior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt), freshman Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) and senior Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) turned in an 11th-place time of 7:18.42 in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Ahead of them were junior Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), sophomore Jehu De la Rosa (The Woodlands, TX), freshman Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) and Gallant in fourth (7:08.20). De La Rosa, Gallant, Freshman Tucker Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and Elsayed collaborated to take eighth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.47).\

Elsayed led the Engineers with seventh-place times in the 50-yard freestyle (21.52) and 100-yard butterfly (50.85). The 50 free also saw junior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and sophomore Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) take 10th (21.93) and 30th (22.57) as Miralda was 16th (52.47) and Besch was 28th (53.07) in the 100 fly. Shriner and Esquivel were two of the five Engineers to earn points in the 1,650-yard freestyle as they were second (16:22.73) and 21st (17:20.51), respectively. Sophomore Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) was sixth (16:40.10), sophomore Gavin Lee (Bethel, CT) placed 16th (17:06.52) and senior James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) ended up 30th (18:17.90).

The 200-yard backstroke also had five Boynton Hillers contribute to the team tally beginning with freshman Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) in eighth (2:13.90). Freshman Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) toughted the wqall 17th (2:17.62) while senior Trevor Gehring (Wildwood Crest, NJ) claimed 19th (2:20.25). Senior Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) won the C final in a time of 2:18.61 and sophomore Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) was 26th (2:23.52). Denbow secured the top time (1:59.62) in the 200 IM B final as Gehring and sophomore Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA) were 24th (2:04.66) and 28th (2:05.32), respectively.

The sophomore trio of Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA), Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC), Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) joined Berner in the 200 while sophomore Anna Matsco (Windham, NH), junior Kelly Martin (Penfield, NY) and junior Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) accounted for the rest of the 800. Sophomore Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK), senior Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA), sophomore Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and sophomore Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME) began their night with a combined time of 1:52.79, good for 13th in the 200 medley while senior Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA), sophomore Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA), senior Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) and sophomore Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) made up the sixth-place 800-yard freestyle relay team (7:58.24).

Day's 17:41.85 was fourth in the 1,650-freestyle. She was followed by Gonyea in 12th (18:18.74), Clemente in 15th (18:40.81), freshman Daire Daly (Sharon, MA) in 17th (18:51.30), Vandervort in 24th (19:04.58), freshman Erica Houghton (Berkley, MA) in 25th (19:06.37) and senior Kaye Dandrea (Lakeville, MA) in 30th (19:37.85). The 100-yard butterfly saw Clemente take eighth (59.50) and three more Engineers in each of the other finals. Seo, Anna Matsco and Wang were 14th (1:00.65), 15th (1:00.74) and 20th (1:01.38) as Morgan, de Oliveira and freshman Annie Hughes (Woodbury, NJ) placed 25th (1:02.16), 26th (1:02.52) and 30th (1:03.10).

Edwardson and Grant were 9-10 in the 200-yard breaststroke with times of 2:21.70 and 2:32.20. Senior Kaitlin Travers (Northampton, MA) took 15th (2:32.99) while sophomore Mackenzie Karnilaw (Houston, TX) came home 17th (2:33.98). Freshman Mary Rego (Amherst, NH) handed in a 24th-place 2:36.87. Hanson was 15th (2:16.44) to go with Martin's 29th-place 2:17.13. de Oliveira finished 18th (25.45) and Morgan was 27th (25.77) in the 50-yard freestyle.

In the diving events conducted at Clark, senior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) was fifth (363.30) and sophomore Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) was 10th (306.85) on the 1-meter while senior Hayley Poskus (Middleboro, MA) was seventh (320.70) on the 3-meter.

The second day features the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard IM, 100-yard backstroke, 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 400-yard medley relay. Trials begin at 10am and finals get underway at 5:30. The divers will be competing at Clark at 11 and 6:30.