Relays Propel Men’s Swimming and Diving Past Bridgewater State

Nick Catano

Bridgewater, MA --- The relay team of Lee Chiang (Lexington, MA), Nick Catano (Goffstown, NH), Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) and Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) started and ended the day with wins to lead WPI Men's Swimming and Diving past Bridgewater State 153-109 on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers complete dual meet competition with a 6-2 record.

The foursome took the 400-yard medley relay in 3:54.34, just under ten seconds ahead of the second place squad to begin the meet.  In the final event, the quartet had the best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.89).

Ruffing went on to pace the 50-yard freestyle (23.96) and 200-yard backstroke (2:02.90), while Chiang touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.73).

Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:58.74 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.45.  The junior also had the best time in the 400-yard IM (4:27.45).

In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) led all swimmers with a 10:39.83 as Victor Puksta (Nashua, NH) finished first with a 1:59.10 in the 200-yard freestyle.

Cullen O'Brien (Bar Harbor, ME) saw victory in the 100-yard breaststroke as he posted a 1:07.59, as Zach Gendreau (Galesville, WI) raced to a 54.69 to win the 100-yard freestyle.

The 500-yard freestyle went to Joon-Ho Lee (Hampstead, NH) who bested second place by just over 20 seconds with a 5:29.25. Junior Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA) added a win for the Engineers in the 50-yard butterfly (27.56).

Diver Casey Hayes (Arundel, ME) swept the one-meter and three-meter dives, for the second time this week, with scores of 219.65 and 242.10.

The Men's Swimming and Diving team is off until the weekend of February 25-27 when they head to MIT for the three-day NEWMAC Championships.