Rowe Wins 500 Free as Bears Move Into 2nd Place at NEWMAC Championship

Rowe Wins 500 Free as Bears Move Into 2nd Place at NEWMAC Championship

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Taylor Rowe won the 500 freestyle after breaking the school record in the same event during the preliminaries to highlight the second day of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship at WPI as Coast Guard moved into second place overall with two days of competition remaining.

Rowe set the school record in the 500 freestyle by posting a time of 4:30.69 in the morning preliminaries and won the event with a time of 4:31.78, which is an NCAA B cut time. He was the NEWMAC runner up in the event last year.

MIT paced the field with 534 points as U.S. Coast Guard finished the day second (384). The host Engineers head into the penultimate day third (338) followed by Wheaton College in fourth (235), Babson College in fifth (177), Springfield College sixth (170) and Clark University seventh (130).

Saturday features the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and the 1-meter dive. Trials begin at 10am and finals at 6pm.

The Bears 200 freestyle relay of Brandon Ledford, Joe Rodriguez, John Pompay and Dan Moreno took third with a time of 1:23.31.

Mike Franco was fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:39.08.

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