WORCESTER -- The WPI women's swimming & diving team posted a record 919 points to fuel a program-best second-place finish at the Worcester City Championships. It was also the first time the Engineers bested Division I Holy Cross (781 points) and won a relay at the annual event.
Assumption claimed its fifth consecutive Callie Taffe trophy with 1,023 points and Clark was fourth (352). Taffe was an outstanding competitor and school record holder for Holy Cross who earned AIAW All-America honors in 1981.
Junior Thea Reymann (Toms River, NJ), freshman Carol Wang (Framingham MA), junior Jennifer Day (Chelmsford, MA) and senior Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) teamed up to deliver the triumph with a time of 1:43.22 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Wang also earned an individual title with a 1:01.06 the 100-yard butterfly. Reymann was second in the 100-yard freestyle (56.34) and collaborated with Martin, Day and Wang for a second place time of 3:47.65 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Julia Bushell (Windham, NH), senior Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT), freshman Sofia de Oliveira (Portland, ME) and Day handed in a 1:56.77 to earn silver while the quartet of Bushell, freshman Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC), Martin and Reymann ended up fifth in the 400-yard medley relay (4:15.65).
Junior Kristen Bender (Simi Valley, CA) totaled a pair of runner up scores on the 1-meter (243.44) and 3-meter (254.02) diving board. Day was second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:01.84) and third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.25). Edwardson added a second place time of 1:04.61 in the 100 IM and a fourth-place 1:12.49 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Martin was second in the 50-yard freestyle (25.65) and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (29.06).
Freshman Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) was a hundredth of a second (1:04.07 to 1:04.08) ahead of classmate Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK) as the duo was second and third in the 100-yard backstroke. Rookie Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) completed the 500-yard freestyle fourth in a time of 5:26.57. Seo touched the wall fifth in the 50-yard backstroke (30.27) as did Hanson in the 200 IM (2:22.07) and junior Allysa Grant (Framingham. MA) in the 50-yard breaststroke.
Assumption sophomore Shannon Quirk (Wakefield, MA) won a trio of events on her way to being named the Cathy Desrosiers (Clark '82) Swimmer of the Meet and Holy Cross sophomore Casey Sherman (Littleton, MA) swept both boards to claim the Beth Ferraro (Clark'88) Diver of the Meet award.
WPI opens its fifth season in the Sports & Recreation Center Friday night with a 7pm set of duals with Babson, Smith and Brandeis.