Coast Guard Places 2nd at NEWMAC Championship

Taylor Rowe
Taylor Rowe

WORCESTER, Mass. – Taylor Rowe won the 1,650 freestyle on the final day leading Coast Guard to a second place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship at WPI.

The Bears, who had finished third in each of the last four seasons, finished second behind MIT which won for the ninth straight season. MIT finished with 1,462 points while Coast Guard had 1,099 points. Host WPI was third with 1,022 points.

Rowe won the 1,650 freestyle in an NCAA B cut time of 15:47.11. He was the NEWMAC runner up in the event last season.

Mike Franco was third in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:28.73 after placing fourth last year.

Chasse Sodemann placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke with and NCAA B cut time of 2:04.69.

Ross Garrett took fifth in the 200 butterfly by posting an NCAA B cut time of 1:52.87 for the Bears while Owen Gibson placed eighth in 1:56.30.

Coast Guard finished sixth, seventh and eighth in the 200 backstroke with Patrick Jackson (1:54.19), Zach Baker (1:54.25) and Andre Campbell (1:55.36) chalking up points for the Bears.

In the final event, the Bears 400 freestyle relay of Joe Rodriguez, Garrett, Brandon Ledford and Elliot VanDeren took fourth with a time of 3:07.45.

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