Hayes Breaks WPI Records in Men’s Swimming and Diving Win Over Clark

Alford Green

Worcester, MA --- Casey Hayes (Arundel, ME) swept the one-meter and three-meter dives and broke WPI's record in both to lead the Engineers to a 127-107 win over Clark on Thursday night in NEWMAC men's swimming and diving action. With the win, WPI improves to 5-2, while Clark dips to 1-5.

Hayes broke both school records with scores of 252.38 in the one-meter dive and 234.30 in the three-meter dive.  The freshman was less than three points away from cracking the 275 needed for NCAA Championship qualification on the one-meter board.

The 200-yard medley relay was won by the team of Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA), Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA), Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) and Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA) in a time of 1:39.52.

Clark Swimmer Ryan Garr (Kingston, RI) took the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:11.38, while WPI's Victor Puksta (Nashua, NH) came in third (11:02.75).

Lamar Duffy (Pen Argyl, PA) won the 200-yard freestyle for the Cougars (1:52.33), just ahead of Chaing from WPI (1:52.53).

The 50-yard freestyle was one of the most exciting and anticipated races of the evening. Brothers, WPI senior Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) and Clark freshman Clive Green (Portmore Jamaica) finished within .02 seconds of each other, with the elder Green winning the event in a time of 23.20.

Lybarger took the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:03.41, and came right back after the break to win the 100-yard butterfly (52.51).

The 100-yard freestyle saw Chiang out in front with a time of 48.75, while Garr won the 100-yard backstroke (55.03).

Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) was first in the 500-yard freestyle for the Engineers (5:02.03).

Cougars Cooper Hart (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:05.94, while Jeff Amari (Braintree) placed second (1:06.94).

Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME), Spazzarini, Puksta, and Spencer Coffin (Poughkeepsie, NY) touched the wall first to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:25.09).

Between the diving and swimming portion of the events, seven seniors were honored for their contribution to their respective program. 

Amari, Dan Howard (Bow, NH), and Colin Oldenburg (Waukesha, WI) were honored by Clark Head Coach Paul Phillips.

For WPI, Head Coach Paul Bennett honored his seniors Nick Catano (Goffstown, NH), Chiang, Green and Ruffing.

Both squads have one more meet before the NEWMAC Championships. WPI ventures to Bridgewater on Saturday for a 2pm meet with the Bears. Clark heads to the Wheaton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.