Hlavenka, Babel & Carley Highlight Men’s Swimming & Diving’s Performance at Cougar Invitational

Mike Giancola

WORCESTER – Graduate student Thomas Hlavenka (Seaford, NY) along with seniors Bryant Babel (Oceanside, NY) and Sam Carley (Trumbull, CT) each struck gold while other select WPI men's swimmers and divers also participated in Clark's Cougar Invitational Saturday in the Kneller Center.

Hlavenka, who also swam in the 100- and 500-yard freestyles, posted an 11:02.16 in the 1,000 while Babel, who was tested by freshman Tobias Schaeffer (Duxbury, MA), needed only 25.29 to take the head-to-head 50-yard freestyle. Carley bested a pair of Cougars in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:24.81. The 200-yard freestyle relay handed in a winning-time of 1:35.24. Sophomore Gavin Lee (Bethel, CT) also collected a victory with a 17:36.57 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and was the runner up in the 500 (5:01.37). Babel also took part in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle while Carley also contested the 200-yard breaststroke and 500-yard freestyle.

Senior Ryan Coran (Potomac, MD), the lone WPI diver on the day, totaled 365.77 on the 1-meter and 359.63 on the 3-meter. Classmate Mike Giancola (Southwick, MA) was third in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events with times of 58.81 and 2:08.67, as well as a competitor in the 100 and 500 free. Senior James Macfarlane (Ijamsville, MD) also saw action for the Engineers in the 100 fly and 500 free.

Junior Kyle Werra (Taunton, MA) was third in the 200 free (1:59.86) as was sophomore Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) in the 100 breast (1:02.21). Freshman Tom Lipkin (Mont Vernon, NH) came home third in the 200 IM (2:09.19).

Men's Swimming & Diving returns to action February 22nd, the opening night of the 2018 NEWMAC Championships, at MIT.