Bauer Threepeats, Records Fall as Swimming & Diving Remains Third at Gompei Invite

Kelly Martin

WORCESTER – Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) won the 100-yard backstroke for the third consecutive year while freshman Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA), senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) set new school records on day two of the 2018 Gompei Invitational taking place in the Sports & Recreation Center.

The Engineers are third in the 15 team competition with a combined 2916.5 points, behind Bryant (3661.5) and Rowan (3158.5), and ahead of Stevens Institute of Technology (2614) and Bentley (2287).

Bauer's personal-best time of 49.22 at this invitational, as well as his trials time of 49.37, are also NCAA B cuts. Sykes got the morning going with a sixth-place 4:38.66 in the 400-yard IM to better the record set by Jenny Day '18 at the 2015 NEWMAC Championships. Also in the eye-opener, Perry was the first to knock WPI Hall of Fame inductee Joel Rousseau '07 off the record board in the 50-yard butterfly with a 22.33. It was short lived for the senior, however, thanks to a second-place 22.06 by Besch in the final. The duo was 2-3 in both sessions with Perry in front by .54 in the morning while the evening margin was just .22 in favor of Besch.

The 100 back also saw freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA) finish ninth as classmate Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT), junior Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) and sophomore Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) came home 27th through 29th. Freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) was 10th in the 400 IM A final while senior Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) was 23rd and senior Kelly Martin (Penfield, NY) was 30th. Junior Matthew Scherrer (Wellesley, MA) and freshman Cory Helmuth (South Bend, IN) were 18th and 25th in the 50 fly, respectively.

Freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), sophomore Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA), freshman Kimmy Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) and junior Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME) began the night with a seventh-place 1:39.03 in the 200-yard freestyle relay while senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland), Bauer and Perry were fourth (1:24.47) for the men. After Sykes placed sixth (4:39.17) in the women's 400 IM final, senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) paced the WPI men with a sixth-place 4:15.63. Sophomore Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) was 16th as junior Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA) won the C final (21st), and freshman Griffin O'Neil (Liverpool, NY) was 27th.

Junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) claimed the C final as she represented the Engineers in the 100 back. The 50 fly featured Berner in seventh and junior Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) in eighth. Freshman Sophie Chase (Cape Elizabeth, ME), de Oliveira and freshman Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) followed in 16th, 20th and 23rd. Berner added a 19th-place time in the 200-yard freestyle and was joined by Clemente in 30th. Junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) handed in a 1:44.39 to secure sixth in the men's version of the event. Miralda and sophomore Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) were 15th and 16th, and freshman Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) was 23rd, sophomore Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) was 24th and senior Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) was 27th.

The 50-yard backstroke saw Seo take seventh (28.11) before Williams placed third (24.01) and senior Hendrick Suwirjo (Derry, NH) finished 22nd. Nine Engineers were in the 100-yard breaststroke finals. Junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT) earned bronze with a time of 57.10, and was followed by sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) in eighth, Gallant in 13th and freshman BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) in 30th after Pawlak was 16th in a time of 1:08.74. Sophomore Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) and Sykes were 17th and 19th, while sophomore Shelvey Swett (Olympia, WA) was 24th and freshman Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH) was 28th.

After a boisterous rendition of Sweet Caroline during the break, Seo, Sykes, Harter and Pawlak finished 14th (4:05.93) as Bauer, Chen, Perry and Barrett closed the night with a third-place 3:22.20 in the 400-yard medley relay.

Meanwhile down Park Ave, junior Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) totaled 310.70 points to place seventh in the men's 1-meter dive while junior Leigh Whitehorn (Madison, NJ) was 16th with 315.75 points in the women's 3-meter dive. Sophomore Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) and junior Alexis Mittelman (Montgomery, NY) followed in 17th and 18th, and sophomore Deanna Kay (Tyngsboro, MA) was 20th.

The final day of competition includes the 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle, 100 Individual Medley, 50 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 400 Freestyle Relay and Mixed/Synch Diving. Swimming trials begin at 9am and finals commence at 5pm. Diving is set for 2pm. All events on Sunday will be contested at WPI.