Lyons match highest finish at NEWMACs, fend off WPI for fourth place
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For just the second time in program history, the Wheaton College men's swimming & diving team finished in fourth place two straight years at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, as the Lyons matched the program's highest mark while fending off Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to conclude the three-day meet on Sunday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Zesiger Pool.
Wheaton, which hadn't placed fourth in back-to-back seasons since 2005 and 2006, finished with 360 points, while WPI compiled 343 in the seven-team field. Host MIT captured its third consecutive NEWMAC Championship with 1,153 points.
Entering tonight's action holding a two-point edge over WPI, the Lyons led by 13 points heading into the 400-yard freestyle relay, the evening's final event. Wheaton created a little separation during the second-to-last competition, the three-meter dive. Freshman Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury), who broke his school record during the trials with 425.90 points, took fifth in the finals behind four Springfield College divers with 397.80 points.
During the 400-yard freestyle relay, seniors Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Xavier) and Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and freshmen Sam Jackson (Darien, Conn./Darien) and Kyle Wilson (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) combined to take fifth, just one placement behind WPI.
Senior Corey Best (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) turned in the team's top individual finish with an eighth-place mark during the 200-yard butterfly. In the 200-yard free race, freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) came in ninth.