Men's Swimming and Diving Continues Strong Showing at NEWMAC Championships

Seth MacDonald

Worcester, MA --- The fastest event of Day 2 at the NEWMAC Championship meet was also the best individually for the host men's swimming and diving team as sophomore Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and senior Ben List (Bedford, MA) finished second and third in the 50-yard freestyle. Bauer's time of 20.83 met the NCAA-B standard, while List (20.89) came in just after. 

Including the 'B' final, the WPI men picked up 57 points from four different swimmers in the 50 free, helping the hosts maintain their spot in second place (356 points) out of seven teams. 

David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) contributed with a second-place finish in the 50 free 'B' final (21.42), while Jonathan Decelle (Rumson, NJ) came in two places behind him (21.59). 

Bauer, List, Smallwood and Nathan Hughes (Arlington, VA) joined forces early in Friday's night session to take second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time of 1:22.83 gave Bauer a second NCAA-B cut time — and he earned it with a blazing 20-second anchor leg. 

The 200 free team also broke a school record set at last year's NEWMAC Championships.

The Engineers' finished second in the 'B' final — the 6th-fastest time overall — as a team of Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt), Decelle, Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) and Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) combined to finish in 1:25.15 as the two 200 free relay teams combined for 60 points. 

The WPI men's strong relay form continued in the 400-yard medley, grabbing second place (3:12.61) with a group of Smallwood, List, Alex Powers (Glocester, RI) and  Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweden). WPI finished second to MIT in the 'A' and 'B' finals, but the home side posted the fourth-fastest time overall (3:25.19) with a team of Bauer, Burgwardt, Elsayed and Kelleher. 

Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY) impressed in the 200 individual medley, coming in third in 1:53.70. Powers also made the 'A' final (10th, 1:58.02). Adam McNally (Leominster, MA) (1:57.18), Kelleher (1:57.59) and Petri (1:57.69) finished back-to-back in the 'B' final to combine for another 18 points. 

WPI fielded four swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle 'B' final, led by heat winner Nick Houghton (4:45.36). James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) came in 14th with in 4:47.87, while Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) (15th, 4:48.84) and Shane Bell (LaCanada, CA) (20th, 4:58.13) both scored. 

The WPI men enter Day 3 of the NEWMAC Championship meet trailing first-place MIT (511 points), but also hold a sizable lead over Coast Guard (314 points) in third place. 

Trials will resume at 10am tomorrow morning, while the finals get under way at 6pm.