400 Medley Relay Surges as Men’s Swimming & Diving Moves Up in NEWMAC Standings

400 Medley Relay Surges as Men’s Swimming & Diving Moves Up in NEWMAC Standings

WORCESTER – The WPI men's swimming & diving 400-yard medley relay set a school and meet record to close out the second day of the 2019 NEWMAC Championships being held in the Sports & Recreation Center. As a team, the Engineers moved up to third with 285 points. Sophomore Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) also set a WPI record with a fourth-place 4:36.77 in the 500-yard freestyle.

MIT continues to pace the field, now with 517 while Coast Guard is second with 439 points.

Senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT), senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) and graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) only needed 3:17.61 to set a new school and meet record. Their 10th-ranked time is also an NCAA B cut and would have received an invitation to last year's national meet. Individually, Bauer leads Division III with his school-record 100-yard backstroke split of 47.64.

Freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA), sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH), sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY), senior Roberto Esquivel (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) teamed up to place second in the 400 medley relay B final with a time of 3:24.00. Junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA) followed Shriner in the 500 free with a ninth-place 4:43.77 while freshman Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) picked up points in the consolation heat.

Both 200-yard freestyle relay teams took third in their respective finals as Barrett, Perry, Chen and senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) clocked a 1:24.27 and Besch, freshman Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT), Buglino and Williams posted a 1:24.82.

The 50-yard freestyle featured Miralda with a sixth-place 21.29 while Besch won the consolation final with a 21.00. Barrett, Perry, Williams and sophomore Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) also earned points in the early heat.

Senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) added a 10th-place 1:54.61 in the 200-yard IM as Denbow claimed the B final with a 1:55.13.  

Day three begins with the prelims on Saturday at 10am, followed by the finals session at 6pm. The events for Saturday include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 1-meter diving and the 200 medley relay.