|Title:||Class of 2011|
|Organization:||Men's Swimming and Diving|
As the curtain closes on the swimming and diving program’s use of the Alumni Gymnasium pool, it’s fitting that the Hall of Fame welcomes one of its most accomplished swimmers: Matt Musiak.
Musiak began his collegiate career at Western New England College before transferring to Boynton Hill. He became WPI’s first-ever NEWMAC conference champion in Swimming and Diving in 2002 when he brought home titles in three events. He took home the gold in the 100-yard backstroke (53.14), the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.65), and the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.96).
It was more of the same in 2003 when he repeated as NEWMAC champion in both the 100-yard backstroke (52.77) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.17) with times bettering his previous year’s marks.
He was a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier and twice took home College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Academic All-America accolades.
Named a team captain his senior season, Musiak completed his standout career by scoring 400 more points than anyone in school history. Today he still ranks third in career points tallied.
“Matt is the most self-disciplined and dedicated person I know, which easily explains his achievements in and out of the pool,” says former teammate Taras Bouzakine. “A self-made athlete, Matt has always given credit to his teammates and coaches, stressing that nothing can be achieved alone without a support system. This humility and sportsmanship tell me that Matt truly deserves the accolades he received.”
At the time of graduation, he held the school record in seven individual events and five relay events. He still holds the school record in the 60-yard freestyle (26.72), the 160-yard individual medley (1:31.97), 160-yard medley relay (1:21.15), and 160-yard freestyle relay (1:13.16).
Musiak remains invested in the Swimming and Diving program’s continued success—this winter he’ll return to head coach Paul Bennett’s staff for his sixth year as an assistant coach.
“Matt was the epitome of what every coach wants in an athlete,” says Bennett. “He is dedicated, passionate, and very self-aware. His drive and work ethic are rarely seen and seldom matched. He has been a cornerstone of WPI Swimming and Diving, not only as a student-athlete, but as a coach. His commitment to the institution and his desire to push himself to improve and succeed has been contagious at every level of our program. I am confident that Matt is a primary reason we have experienced as much success, on both the individual and team levels, over the last seven years.
A native of Westfield, Mass., Musiak graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He continued his education at WPI, earning his master’s in electrical engineering in 2006.
Matt is currently an electrical design engineer for ITT Power Solutions in West Springfield. He lives in Easthampton with his wife, Elena, and their dog, Nina, where he trains for the Ironman triathlon.