Melanson and Chen Double Winners in Men’s Swimming & Diving Home Sweep

Randy Melanson

WORCESTER – Junior Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) and freshman Dave Chen (East Lyme, CT) each earned a pair of individual victories as the WPI men's swimming & diving team swept Babson and Brandeis Friday night in the Sports & Recreation Center.

The Engineers, who earned their 23rd and 24th consecutive dual meet victory since the facility opened in 2012, defeated the Judges 190-108 and the Beavers 200-93. Brandeis won the head-to-head with Babson by a count of 150-134.

Melanson totaled 242.70 on the 1-meter diving board and 222.95 on the 3-meter. Chen, meanwhile, took both breaststroke events with a 59.64 in the 100 and a 2:12.22 in the 200. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), senior Frederick Burgwardt (Mendon, NY), sophomore Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and senior Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) assured the sweep with a winning-time of 1:27.86. Jack Bauer, senior Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY), Perry and Andrew Bauer collaborated to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:35.87, while the B and C lineup finished second and third. Jack Bauer touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle (47.48) and Andrew Bauer posted a 22.28 to take the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Matt Houghton (Berkley, MA) also earned gold with a 2:01.19 in the 200-yard backstroke.

Burgwardt was the runner up in the 100-yard backstroke (55.87) while Houghton was second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.86) and freshman Gavin Lee (Bethel, CT) took home silver in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:30.01). The international trio of sophomore Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), sophomore Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and junior Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) all finished third in their respective events. Miralda clocked a 1:51.12 in the 200-yard freestyle as Esquivel posted a 5:05.22 in the 500-yard freestyle and Elsayed registered a 53.10 in the 100-yard butterfly. Junior Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) was the quickest Engineer in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.31.

The Engineers (2-0) trek to RPI tomorrow for a 1pm meet. Babson (0-3) heads to Norwich next Saturday for a 1pm double-dual with Regis. Brandeis (1-5) entertains Bentley Friday, November 18 at 6pm.

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