NEWMAC opening night finds Lyons in fifth place, Maier makes history

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's swimming & diving team began this weekend's three-day New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in fifth place, as the Lyons finished with 115 points following Friday's competition at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Zesiger Pool.

Wheaton leads sixth-place Clark University by 29 points and is just seven behind fourth-place Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the seven-team field.  Two-time defending champion MIT leads the United States Coast Guard Academy by 30 points.

Freshman Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) accomplished what no other Lyon diver has in this the 20th year of the program, as he earned an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying score off the one-meter platform with 426.60 points.  Shattering his school record, Maier finished fourth behind three Springfield College divers.

Classmate Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) paced Wheaton on the swimming side by finishing eighth in the 50-yard freestyle race while anchoring both the 200-yard free and 400-yard medley relay teams.  The Blue and White's 200-yard free relay placed fourth, while the 400-yard medley relay took fifth.

The 200-yard free relay race was tight, as four teams were separated by a mere 0.46 seconds.  Second-place WPI came in second at 1:25.50, while the Lyons finished in 1:25.96.  Jenkins joined seniors Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep) and sophomore Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown).

In the 400-yard medley relay, Fichman-Klein, Jenkins and Sabol sided with senior Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Xavier).

Tomorrow's trials session is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the 200-yard medley relay. The finals start at 6:30 p.m.

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