WPI Swimming Sweeps Bentley

WALTHAM – WPI Swimming swept Bentley with wins in both the men’s (173-122) and women’s (183-108) contests.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Press Release

Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece), Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) and Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) all registered a pair of individual victories to lead the WPI women’s swimming and diving team past Division II Bentley, 183-108, at the Dana Center Pool on Wednesday night. The Crimson and Gray have now won two straight season openers against the Falcons.

Nikolaki posted a 267.37 to win the 1-meter dive and a 248.55 to take the 3-meter event while Martin clocked a 54.86 in the 100-yard freestyle and a 2:14.83 in the 200-yard IM. Day captured the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:17.59 and completed the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:52.30.

The Engineers opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay as Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH), Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) and Martin struck gold with a 1:55.32. Martin, Day and Casha later teamed with Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) to record the best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:45.86).

Patterson won the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.21) as Eggleston touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke and Casha took the 100-yard butterfly. Tori Claverie (Derry, NH), Julia Bushell (Windham, NH) and Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) captured the 50-yard freestyle (25.98), 200-yard backstroke (2:20.62) and 200-yard freestyle (2:00.85). Bentley’s Anne Warren (Ellicott City, MD) (200-yard butterfly) and Emily Niemiec (Meriden, CT) (200-yard breaststroke) were the only Falcons to claim an event.

Alex Powers (Glocester, RI), Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI), Tim Petri (Eksjo, Sweeden) and Nick Houghton (Berkley, MA) each won a pair of individual events as the WPI men’s swimming and diving team defeated Division II Bentley, 173-122, on Wednesday night at the Dana Center Pool. It marked the second consecutive year the Engineers have defeated the Falcons to open their season.

Powers (backstroke, 54.92, 2:02.96), Bauer (freestyle, 48.50, 1:45.95) and Petri (breaststroke, 1:00.17, 2:16.68) each swept their respective 100-yard and 200-yard events while Houghton touched the wall first in the 500-yard (5:02.39) and 1,000-yard (10:27.10) freestyle. The trio of Powers, Petri and Bauer teamed with Seth MacDonald (Sherill, NY) to win the 200-yard medley relay, the first men’s event of the night, in a time of 1:39.31. Bauer later combined with Ben List (Bedford, MA), David Smallwood (Bangor, ME) and Andrew Kelleher (Poughquag, NY) to close out the night with the fastest time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.72)

MacDonald also had the best time in the 200-yard IM with a 2:02.40 as Smallwood struck gold in the 100-yard butterfly (53.04). Cameron Back (St. Louis, MO) took the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.03) and Sebastian Bury (Bellevue, WA) of Bentley registered the Falcons only non-exhibition win with a 22.40 in the 50-yard freestyle.

On the diving board, Matt Suarez (Needham, MA) and Randy Melanson (Attleboro, MA) finished second and third in both events. Suarez led the way with a 241.50 on the 1-meter board and a 223.73 on the 3-meter board. Melanson, meanwhile, scored a 157.35 on the 1-meter and 161.32 on the 3-meter.

Bentley Press Release

Swimming in their first dual meet as collegians, freshmen Emily Niemiec (Meriden, Conn./Francis T. Maloney HS) and Anne Warren (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron HS) each won an event while competing for the Bentley University women’s swimming team against WPI at the Dana Center Wednesday night.

Those were the only two wins posted by the Falcons, who dropped a 183-108 decision to the Engineers.

Niemiec was first to the wall in the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:36.23, while Warren earned her victory in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:16.87. Niemiec was also second in the 200 individual medley (2:13.83) and part of the Falcons’ 200 medley relay that placed second (1:57.32).

Including both relays, Bentley placed second in ten of 16 events. Senior Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./Danbury HS) was involved in three of those: 200 freestyle (2:03.87), 500 free (5:30.13) and the 400 free relay (3:48.09).

Senior Paige Wilde (Naugatuck, Conn./Holy Cross HS) took second in both diving events, posting scores of 226.19 (one meter) and 232.79 (three meter).

The other individual seconds were recorded by junior Kelly Culkin (Avon, Conn./Avon HS) in the 1000 free (11:18.12), senior Danielle Hellstern (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS) in the 50 free (26.32) and freshman Jessica Chen (Darien, Conn./Darien HS) in the 100 free (57.13).

Despite junior Colton Bridge (Tolland, Conn./Tolland HS) sweeping the two diving events, the Bentley University men’s swimming and diving team dropped a 173-122 decision to WPI Wednesday evening at the Dana Center. It was the opening dual meet of the season for the Falcons.

Bridge posted winning scores of 253.94 in the one-meter and 237.45 in the three-meter. Both were relatively close competitions with winning margins of 12.44 and 13.72, respectively.

Bentley’s other win came in the 50 yard freestyle with junior Sebastian Bury (Bellevue, Wash./ Newport Senior HS) finishing in 22.40 seconds, besting the Engineers’ Benjamin List by 0.42 seconds. Bury also picked up a second-place finish with a time of 50.16 seconds in the 100 free, and was part of the Falcons’ 400 free relay that was second in 3:20.65. That quartet also included freshman Chris Vukas (Randolph, N.J./Randolph HS), sophomore Davis Wilson (Ransom Canyon, Texas/Lubbock HS) and junior Tim Connolly (Dorchester/Boston Latin Acad.).

Vukas was also second in the 100 backstroke (55.67) and classmate Alden Karam (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) took second in the 500 free (5:06.35).

The Falcons will be back in the Dana Center pool on Sunday for a 1 pm meet against Le Moyne College.

Results: WPI vs. Bentley

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