McClure Wins 500 Free to Lead Bears During Day Two of NEWMAC Championship

John Pompay
John Pompay

WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Devin McClure broke the school record and won the 500 freestyle championship to highlight the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

McClure broke the school record and won the 500 freestyle championship with a time of 4:30.36.

Taylor Rowe, the two-time defending NEWMAC 500 freestyle champion, who held the school record with a time of 4:30.69 set in 2017, placed third tonight with a time of 4:33.43.

Coast Guard sits in second place after the second day of the four day championship with 439 points while 10-time defending NEWMAC champion MIT leads with 517 points.

The Bears 200 free relay of Dan Jenkins, Joe Rodriguez, Tyler Dominick and John Pompay broke the school record with an NCAA B cut time of 1.21.95 during the preliminaries and bettered that record with a time of 1:21.69 to earn All-conference honors with a second place finish in the finals. The old record was 1:22.69 set by John Feller, Rodriguez, Jenkins and Pompay at the NEWMAC Championship last season.

Rodriguez, the defending NEWMAC Champion in the 50 free and an honorable mention All-America in the event last season, posted the fastest 50 free time with an NCAA B cut time of 20.32 in the morning preliminaries and placed second with a time of 20.42 to earn All-conference honors.

Also for the Bears, the 400 medley relay of McClure, Fuhs, Patrick Jackson and Rodriguez broke the school record and placed third with an NCAA B cut time of 3:19.77. The old record of 3:20.94 was set by Patrick Jackson, Chasse Sodemann, Ross Garrett and Feller last year.

Eric Fuhs took third place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:52.59.

The action continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the third day of the four day championship.

Friday Championship Results

(Champion earns first team All-Conference honors, runner up is second team All-Conference)

 

200-Yard Freestyle Relay

Champion: MIT (1:20.99) – Kyri Chen, Justin Liu, Emilio Sison, Samuel Ubellacker

(Meet Record, NCAA B Cut, 2018 NCAA invited time, third consecutive MIT win; Ubellacker was also on the 2018 champion team)

Runner Up: Coast Guard (1:21.69) – Daniel Jenkins, Joseph Rodriguez, Tyler Dominick, John Pompay

(2018 NCAA invited time)

 

500-Yard Freestyle

Champion: Devin McClure – Coast Guard, 4:30.36 (NCAA B Cut, 2018 NCAA invited time)

Runner Up: Josh Graves - MIT, 4:30.95 (2018 NCAA invited time, also 2018 runner up)

Taylor Rowe (CGA) also achieved a B cut (4:33.43)

 

200 IM

Champion: Bouke Edskes - MIT, 1:49.18 (NCAA B Cut, 2018 NCAA invited time, also 2017 and 2018 champion)

Runner-Up: Gavin Brown - MIT, 1:50.95 (NCAA B Cut)

 

50-Yard Freestyle

Champion: Samuel Ubellacker – MIT, 20.30 (NCAA B Cut. 2018 NCAA invited time)

Runner-Up: Joseph Rodriguez - Coast Guard, 20.42 (NCAA B Cut. 2018 NCAA invited time, 2018 Champion)

 

400-Yard Medley Relay

Champion: WPI (3:17.61) – Jack Bauer, Dave Chen, Jackson Perry, Craig Barrett

(Meet Record, NCAA B Cut, 2018 NCAA invited time; Bauer, Chen and Perry were on the 2018 runner up team)

Runner Up: MIT (3:18.48) – Jaya Kambhampaty, Brandon McKenzie, Bouke Edskes, Samuel Ubellacker

(NCAA B Cut, 2018 NCAA invited time; Edskes was on last two championship teams)

(Coast Guard also achieved a B cut and 2018 NCAA invited time with a 3:19.77)

 

Day three begins with the prelims on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by the finals session at 6 p.m. The events for Saturday include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 1-meter diving and the 200 medley relay.

 

 

 

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