Besch and Williams Shine on Day Three of NEWMACs for Men’s Swimming and Diving

Clayton, Swimming & Diving

Cambridge, MA --- A pair of runner-up efforts and a duo of NCAA B Cut times highlighted day three at the NEWMAC Championships at MIT, Saturday. Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and Sid Williams (Fairfax, VA) made their way to the podiums on night three for their efforts in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.  

WPI remains in third place at the four-day meet with 574 points, trailing MIT (1,041) and Coast Guard (784) but comfortably ahead of Springfield (373), Babson (348), Wheaton (318) and Clark (213).   

Besch touched the wall with an NCAA B cut time of 48.94 finishing in second place in the 100 Fly in the second event of the night. Later on, Williams would achieve the same feat in the 100 Back finishing in 49.29 and missing out on the championship title by just .04 seconds.  

Matthew Shriner (Wellesley, MA) started off the evening with a seventh place, 4:08.28 performance for the Engineers in the 400 IM. After his effort, Besch and Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY) earned top-five finishes in the 100 Fly with Staubi finishing in fourth place in 49.59.  

Three Engineers saw themselves in the 200 Free finals where Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA), John Puksta (Nashua, NH), and Peter Fagerholm (Newtown, CT) finished eighth, ninth and 10th respectively in times of 1:42.15, 1:42.50 and 1:43.00.  

Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) raced to a sixth place finish in the 100 Breast finishing in a time of 58:04. That effort was followed by Williams' performance in the 100 Back where, once again, Staubi took home a top-five finish with a fifth place result in 50.68. 

The night finished with Staubi, Denbow, Besch, and Williams combining for a third place showing, earning another trip to the podium, in the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:31.02.

Valuable points were gained by the Engineers in the consolation finals.  Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA) was third (4:14.60) in the 400 IM while Ashton Lyon (Loveland, CO) touched the wall seventh (4:19.92).  Scherrer and Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) were back-to-back in eighth (52.65) and ninth (53.07) place in the 100 fly while Donald Buglino (Titusville, NJ) took third (1:43.50), Tim McDonald (Walpole, MA) sixth (1:44.85) and Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) ninth (1:45.49) in the 200 free. 

Also earning important points for the Crimson and Gray in the consolation finals were Harry Saperstein (Simsbury, CT) (fifth - 1:00.10), Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD) (sixth -1:00.13), McCann (seventh - 1:00.44) and Lyon (tenth - 1:00.89) in the 100 breast, McDonald (second - 53.18), Joshua Driscoll (Hooksett, NH) (sixth - 55.87) and McCutcheon (ninth - 56.83) in the 100 back and the 200 medley relay of De la Rosa, Scholz, Scherrer and Zimmermann (third - 1:37.41).

The fourth and final day of the NEWMAC championships starts with the preliminaries on Sunday at 10am, followed by the finals session at 6pm. The events include the 1650 free, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke, the 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay.