WORCESTER, Mass. – The men's swimming and diving team finished second at the Worcester City Championship on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as senior Nick Videtti (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) was given the Whit Griffith Award for Male Diver of the Meet for the second year in a row after finishing first in both the one and three-meter dives. The Crusaders finished with 977 team points as WPI came away with 1,249 points to win the championship.
Videtti totaled 391.55 points in the one-meter dive and 386.80 points in the three-meter dive. Sophomore Tyler Wright (Waterboro, Maine) also added a pair of first place finish in the 200 butterfly with a pool record time of 2:02.52 and 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.22. He took second in the 100 butterfly at 53.72.
Other top performers for the Crusaders included junior Brendan Higgins (Summit, N.J.) who finished second in the one-meter dive (310.90) and third in the three-meter dive (309.95), sophomore David Mullany (Monroe, Conn.) who took third in the 1,650 freestyle (17:53.01), senior Tim Liddy (Garden City, N.Y.) who finished third in the 400 IM (4:38.48) and junior Jack Swain (West Hartford, Conn.) who finished fourth in the 100 (1:01.94) and 200 (2:19.66) breaststrokes and fifth in the 200 IM (2:07.19).
The 200 medley team registered the top relay finish for the Crusaders, taking third place with a time of 1:42.49. Team members included Wright, freshman Andrew Higgins (New Canaan, Conn.), Swain and junior Thomas Horigan (West Hartford, Conn.).
The men's swimming and diving team will return to competition on Saturday, Jan. 25, against Providence at the Hart Center. Prior to the meet, head coach Barry Parenteau will make a brief presentation to honor the senior members of the team in their final home meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.