Bauer and Suarez Stake Men's Swimming and Diving to Third Straight City Crown

Andrew Bauer

Worcester, MA --- The WPI men's swimming and diving team swept the Worcester City Championship meet this weekend, winning all 20 events across Friday and Saturday to top the three-team field with a total of 1,267 points.

The Engineers took home the Paul Parenteau trophy as meet winner, while Holy Cross came in second with 1,097 points and Clark totaled 527 points.   

Standout sophomore Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) won the Justin Ferris Award as the top male swimmer, and he earned it with a whopper of a meet, winning all three freestyle sprints and taking part in four relay victories.

Bauer claimed the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.50, and he followed it up by finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle (48.82) and 200-yard freestyle (1:46.95).

He also swam on the on the meet record-breaking 400-yard medley relay team (3:36.13) along with Alex Powers (Glocester, RI), Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden) and David Smallwood (Bangor, ME). Powers was also part of the old standard, which was set at 3:36.57 in 2013.

Bauer rounded out his meet by swimming in the Engineers victories teams in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:29.89), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.03) and 800-yard freestyle relay (7:15.63). Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) and Ben List (Bedford, MA) both swam in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays as well.

Powers, Smallwood and Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) joined Bauer as multi-event winners, while Suarez won the Whit Griffith Award as the top male diver. Suarez set the WPI record with a 381.38 on the 3-meter board.

The junior Powers finished second to Bauer with five event wins, including solo victories in the 100-yard backstroke (54.73) and 200-yard backstroke (1:59.84). He was also on the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 400-yard medley relay, and the 200-yard medley relay (1:38.98), joined on the latter by List and Smallwood.

Smallwood took home wins in the 100-yard butterfly (52.82) and 200-yard butterfly (1:57.90), while Suarez won the 1-meter dive (354.21 points) and the 3-meter dive (381.38).

The men's swimming and diving team is back in action on Wednesday in a tri-meet at UMass-Dartmouth that will also include NEWMAC foe Wheaton.