Jack, who checked in from Australia, qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships with the third-ranked 100-yard backstroke and sixth-ranked 200-yard backstroke times. The performances also yielded a pair of NEWMAC titles and two school records. In addition to the 100 and 200 backs, Jack is on the wall in the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, and as a member of both medley relays. It's the third consecutive year the 10-time All-NEWMAC performer has garnered his class' major award.
Renee, an All-NEWMAC second teamer and NFCA All-New England third teamer, was fourth in triples and home runs with six apiece among NEWMAC student-athletes. In 42 games, the junior batted .331 with 16 extra base hits, 30 RBI and 20 runs. Renee collected a pair of hits in the first three contests of an eight-game hitting streak that began in Florida and closed it out with a season-high four in game two at Emerson and a pair in the first game versus Amherst. Six of 11 multi-hit games came in conference action featuring five hits versus Wheaton.
Sydney, who has competed at every possible NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship thus far, recently earned a third All-America honor with a fourth-place showing in the 800-meter run at the outdoor meet. Earlier in the year, the sophomore became the 10th-fastest woman in Division III indoor 800m history with a third-place 2:09.10. The fall, meanwhile, featured All-NEWMAC and All-Region cross country performances. The 2017 NEWMAC champion in the 4x400m collected the 800m and 1500m titles to go along with the Division III New England 800m crown in 2018. In all, Sydney is a three-time relay and two-time individual All-New England (D3) performer. The six-time USTFCCA track & field All-Region honoree has also earned a pair of academic nods from the organization, as well as a pair from the NEWMAC.
Sean was named to the inaugural NEWMAC All-Conference first team and was recognized on the regional level as a New England Football Writers Division II/III All-Star. He owns the Engineers single-season rushing record with 1,368 yards, which was the second-best total in the NEWMAC this past fall. Sean was also second in yards per game (124.4), rushing touchdowns (15) and third in yards per rush (5.7). The Boynton Hiller eclipsed 100 yards seven times with a career-high 246 in the opener versus Anna Maria to go with 237 yards and two scores as a receiver.
Brendan had an outstanding freshmen year going 26-6 and finishing fifth at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. The 165-pounder helped lead the Engineers to a dual meet record of 18-4, their best since 1994, as WPI finished third at the NEWA Duals and second at the Northeast Regional. Brendan was also the RIT Invitational Champion, the NEWA Duals Outstanding Wrestler, and was named an NWCA Scholar All-American.
Marissa garnered All-New England and All-NEWMAC second team accolades and was the program's third NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honoree in four seasons after batting .392 with 14 extra base hits, 38 RBI, 35 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. The NEWMAC Athlete of the Week (March 26) began the campaign with a 15-game hitting streak, including nine of the multi-hit variety, and accumulated more than one in a contest 15 times. During the conference regular season, the shortstop ranked fourth overall and collected a NEWMAC-best 21 RBI.
Sydney Packard of the track & field team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 29th. Packard set a NEWMAC record and won two events to lead WPI women's track & field to a second-place finish at the 2018 conference championship meet Saturday. The sophomore improved 36 spots (43rd to 7th) on the NCAA Division III performance list with a NEWMAC and school record time of 4:31.08 in the 1,500-meter run. The time displaced MIT's Maryann Gong who clocked a 4:34.06 at the 2015 meet. Packard then posted a 2:14.41 to earn gold in the 800-meter run.
Alex Rus from the track & field team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 29th. Rus set two school records, one NEWMAC championship record and won a pair of events as the team finished second Saturday. He began by teaming with Oliver Thomas, Antoine Harris and Nick Fleury to secure the first victory of the day with a 42.48 in the 4x100-meter relay. He went on to handed in a NEWMAC and WPI record of 48.17 in the 400-meter dash, which ranks 11th on the NCAA performance list. The sophomore then wrapped up his day with a school-record 21.83 in the 200-meter dash.
The varsity eight of the rowing team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 22nd. Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA), Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA), Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME), Christine Hovermale (Almeda, CA), Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT), Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA), Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA), Diana Celaj (Worcester, MA) and coxswain Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) was the first WPI crew to capture the Bernard Brown Cup since 2013. The Engineers, ranked ninth in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Top 15, crossed the finish line in 6:44.30 while 11th-ranked Tufts followed with a 6:46.01 in the cup portion of the headline race. No. 12 William Smith also rowed a sub-seven minute 2K to take third.
The 4x100-meter relay from the track & field team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 22nd. The quartet consisting of Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), Alex Rus (Newton, MA) and Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) was second to Middlebury by .01 in a head-to-head race as the foursome collaborated to post a 42.87. Individually, Thomas won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.13, Rus set the school record in the 200m with a second-place 21.92, Harris was third (22.14) in the 200m and Fleury was fourth in the long jump (20-10.5).
Ryan Tropeano of the baseball team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 15th. The junior batted 4-for-4 and drove in a pair as part of a five-run seventh inning that separated the Engineers and Coast Guard Friday afternoon. In all, Tropeano was 10-for-18 (.556) with six RBI, two runs and 11 total bases on the week.
Nina Murphy-Cook from the softball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 15th. The senior, who finished the week with 162 career stolen bases, took over the top spot as the active leader across all three NCAA divisions and moved into third place all-time in Division III during Thursday’s twinbill at Clark. Murphy-Cook also batted .560 (14-for-25) with a double, three RBI and 11 runs scored.
Varsity Eight from the rowing team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 8th. Nathan Pietrowicz (Worcester, MA), Jeremy Hemingway (Westford, MA), Michael Eaton (Exeter, NH), Ben Thornton (Merrimac, MA), Trevor Dowd (Fairfax, VA), Frank Campanelli (Avon, CT), Isaac Beeman (Sammamish, WA), Lorenzo Dube (Fall River, MA) and coxswain Kenedi Heather (Taunton, MA) bested Wesleyan by less than a second to retain the Class of 2003 Cup on Saturday. The crew then raced as two fours, with Heather hot-seating, to defeat Bates, Hamilton and Conn College in both races. Bates and WPI will battle again next weekend in the eights.
Brittney Lambert of the track & field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 8th. Lambert won her first high jump competition of the season and ended the weekend atop the NEWMAC performance list with a clearance of 5-2.5. It is the senior’s ninth career win and third in as many trips to the Amherst Spring Fling. The victory also helped the Engineers take the team crown for the third consecutive season.
Kelsey Saucier from the softball team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 1st. Saucier earned three of the Engineers five wins, including a triumph over No. 12 Amherst. The senior was also key in the openers versus Springfield and Wheaton. In 18 1/3 innings, Saucier allowed just six runs while scattering 19 hits and registering six strikeouts en route to improving to 6-1 on the season.
Alex Rus of the track and field team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 1st. Rus captured the 400 meter dash title at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday by turning in a time of 49.79. His performance is the best so far this season in the NEWMAC and led a WPI medal sweep in the event as Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) and Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) placed second (49.80) and third (50.37).
Marissa Gonzales from the softball team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 25th. Gonzales batted .714 (5-for-7) with eight RBI and four runs scored, as well as an eye-popping 1.571 slugging percentage as a result of hitting for the cycle over the course of Saturday’s NEWMAC split at Emerson. The rookie was 3-for-3 with a triple, four RBI and two runs scored in the opener and 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBI and two runs in the game two triumph.
Steven D’Agostino of the baseball team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 25th. D’Agostino allowed only two earned runs and struck out 15 as he went 1-1 for the Engineers. The southpaw had a strong start to the week with a career-high nine strikeouts in the 8-1 win versus Mass. Maritime. He went on to fan six MIT batters and finish the week with a 1.86 ERA.
RiAnna May of the softball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 18th. May led the Engineers with a .500 batting average and 13 RBI during the teams trip to Florida. The senior also totaled 22 bases, 12 runs scored, three walks and two stolen bases, as well as a double, triple and home run. After going 2-for-3 versus Heidelberg (OH), May collected multiple hits in the final six games of the trip. The run was highlighted by a 3-for-4 performance against Bluffton (OH), three RBI versus Centenary (NJ) and both stolen bases opposite Simmons.
Tyrone Patterson from the baseball team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 18th. Patterson launched the game-ending home run Thursday as the Engineers defeated Brandeis 12-9 in the Crimson and Gray’s home opener at the New England Baseball Complex. He finished 2-for-5 (double, homerun) with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored. Defensively, the sophomore was part of an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Austin Lindner of the baseball team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 11th. Lindner had a breakout week for the Engineers. The catcher batted a team-best .440 to go with a .760 slugging and .467 on-base percentage while totaling 12 RBI, four extra base hits - including a pair of home runs - as well as three walks and two sacrifice flies. Lindner began the season with a 2-for-3 game versus Coe and went 2-for-4 the next day against Gwynedd Mercy. He later homered and drove in two runs in each end of a doubleheader with Anna Maria and went 3-for-4 in the nightcap versus the AMCATS.
Sydney Packard from the track & field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 11th. Packard handed in the 10th-fastest time in Division III history en route to being named an All-America in the 800-meter run Saturday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. The sophomore’s time of 2:09.10 secured third place in the final and was over a second quicker than her previous school record time of 2:10.38. It is Packard’s second All-America nod and the 11th for head coach Brian Chabot. Like last year's outdoor championship, Packard was the top finisher from New England.
Jenny Day of the swimming & diving team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 25th. Day reset two of her own school records, achieved a B cut and swam on a pair of fifth-place relays over the course of the four-day NEWMAC Championships at MIT. In between leading off the 800 free relay and anchoring the 400 free relay, Day earned All-NEWMAC second team honors with a runner up, and school record, time in the 1,650 free and was third with another record time in the 500 free. The senior also placed fourth in the 200 fly.
Tyler Marsh from the wrestling team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 25th. After going 2-0 Saturday, the third-ranked wrestler at 157 punched his ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships by grinding out a 4-2 victory over Christopher Sullivan of Coast Guard in the semifinals. The sophomore 133-pounder then dropped a tight 3-2 decision to NYU's Raymond Jazikoff in the finals to place second. His individual performance, along with the six other Engineers that reached the podium, helped WPI place a program-best second under the current regional format.
The 4x800-meter relay of the track & field team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 18th. Sophomore Kevin O'Driscoll (Norwell, MA), freshman Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME), sophomore Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) and graduate student Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) collaborated to post a New England Division III championship time of 7:52.72 in the final opportunity of the indoor campaign.
Katy Nippert from the track & field team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 18th. The New England Division III Indoor Championships Saturday session was barely underway when Nippert achieved a school-record distance of 17-1.75 in the long jump. Nippert had been a half inch shy of tying the previous standard in her debut in the season opener at Bowdoin.
Antoine Harris from the track & field team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 11th. Harris, the top Division III finisher in the 200 Saturday at BU, set a new WPI record with a time of 21.86 which is currently No. 13 on the NCAA performance list. The mark was .67 seconds faster than the runner up in the heat and .34 quicker than the previous WPI standard.
Lea Strangio of the track & field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 11th. Strangio, who entered the competition at BU 45th in DIII, was 10th immediately following the 800-meter run, and 11th as of Sunday night, with a time of 2:15.30. With three weeks to go, Strangio also has a chance to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships in the distance medley relay.
Madison Beck from the basketball team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 4th. Beck led all scorers with 18 points, on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), and added a key steal in the waning seconds as WPI collected a hard-earned 61-54 victory Saturday over visiting MIT. As a team, the Engineers secured season spits with fellow NEWMAC teams that are above .500 in league play and represent the top five in the standings.
The A relays of the swimming & diving team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 4th. Erick Burgwardt (Honeoye Falls, NY), Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) and Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) were members of all four winning relays at the Tech Sprints. They were joined by Dave Chen (Niantic, CT) in in the 100 and 200 medley relays and Karim Elsayed (Cairo, Egypt) in the 100 and 200 free relays.