Men's Swimming & Diving Claims Fifth Consecutive City Title

Alex Gallant

WORCESTER -- The WPI men's swimming & diving team turned in a dominant performance en route to its fifth straight Worcester City Championship title.

The Engineers, who have claimed the Paul Parenteau trophy nine times in 13 years, won every swimming event for the first time at the annual event. Parenteau was a coach and mentor to thousands of swimmers in the Worcester area for over 40 years. He founded the swim team at Holy Cross in 1965. 

The Crimson and Gray accumulated 1,227 points while Holy Cross was second with 921 and Clark was third with 440.

Sophomore Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) was named the Justin Ferris (WPI) Swimmer of the Meet and Holy Cross junior Jimmy Nugent (Woodbridge, CT) earned the Whit Griffith (WPI Coach '82-'02) Diver of the Meet award.

It was the second consecutive year Gallant owned at least a share of the Ferris award. He once again swept the IM events, this year with times of 54.68 and 1:59.43 in the 100 and 200. The previous meet featured the 200 and 400. In the medley relays, sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), senior Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY) and Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) clocked a 1:37.06 in the 200 while Jack Bauer, senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden), sophomore Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and junior Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) handed in a 3:34.13 to take the 400. Perry, Kelleher, Burgwardt and Andrew Bauer teamed up in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:29.27) as the foursome of Jack Bauer, Burgwardt, Kelleher and Andrew Bauer posted a time of 3:14.84 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Jack Bauer broke the pool record in the 100-yard backstroke (52.59) and logged a 53.05 in the 100-yard butterfly. Andrew Bauer, meanwhile, swept the 100- and 200-yard freestyles with times of 48.16 and 1:46.28. Burgwardt found individual success in the 50-yard butterfly (24.26) as Perry needed only 26.23 to complete the 50-yard backstroke. Petri claimed the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.27) and Barrett secured the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.78. Also earning gold were sophomore Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) in the 50-yard freestyle (22.81), freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT) in the 50-yard breaststroke (27.98) and classmate Marcus Zimmerman (Sammarmish, WA) in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:25.20).

Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) won the 1-meter dive with a score of 239.70 and was the runner up on the 3-meter (230.92). The Whit Griffith Award came down to Melanson and Nugent, who won the 3-meter and was second on the 1-meter. Since they had similar credentials the decision was made by using their combined scores, which Nugent won by only 10.51 points.

The Engineers, who enter their fifth year with an undefeated dual meet record in the Sports & Recreation Center, host Babson and Brandeis Friday at 7pm.