Rowe, Rodriguez Win NEWMAC Championships; Trio of Records Fall

Joe Rodriguez
Joe Rodriguez

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Junior Taylor Rowe won the 500 freestyle for the second straight season, sophomore Joe Rodriguez won the 50 freestyle and the Bears set a trio of school records to highlight the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

Coast Guard sits in second place with 426.5 points behind host and nine-time defending NEWMAC Champion MIT which leads with 570 points.

Rowe won the 500 freestyle NEWMAC Championship with a time of 4:32.90 as the Bears placed three in the top seven of the event with sophomore Max McCall (4:39.37) placing sixth and freshman Josh Roh placing seventh with a time of 4:41.03.

Rodriguez won the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.46 while freshman John Feller took eighth in the event with a time of 21.14.

Freshman Eric Fuhs broke the school record and took third in the 200 IM as the Bears took four of the top ten spots in the event. Fuhs posted a record time of 1:51.42. Junior Colin Fenster (1:56.07), sophomore John Pompay (1:56.17) and junior Dan Moreno (1:57.73) were eighth, ninth and tenth respectively in the 200 IM for the Bears.

The Bears 200 freestyle relay of Feller, Rodriguez, freshman Daniel Jenkins and Pompay placed third and set a school record with a time of 1:22.69.

The 400 medley relay team of junior Patrick Jackson, junior Chasse Sodemann, senior Ross Garrett and Feller broke the school record in the morning preliminaries with a time of 3.22.54.

The Bears "B" 400 medley relay of senior Andrew Campbell, Fuhs, senior Brandon Ledford and Rodriguez then broke that record set earlier in the day with a time of 3:22.39 to place ninth overall in the B Final at night.

Jackson, Sodemann, Garrett and Feller would reclaim the record posting an NCAA B cut time of 3:20.94 in the finals to place third to close out the second day of competition.

The 400 medley relay record entering the day was set by Jackson, Sodemann, Garrett and Dan Moreno in 2016. Also Jackson's time of 50.57 in his leg of the backstroke in the morning broke his own school record.


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