North Dartmouth, MA --- Four different individuals earned gold as the WPI women's swimming & diving team split with host UMass Dartmouth and Wheaton in a double dual Wednesday night in Tripp Athletic Center. The Engineers defeated the Corsairs 204-30 and fell to Wheaton 140-100 while the Lyons also topped the hosts 194-26.
WPI, ranked ninth in the region by the CSCAA, moves to 9-7 on the year while Wheaton, the 10th-ranked team in the same poll, is now 11-2. The Corsairs, meanwhile, slip to 1-7.
Junior Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) completed the 1,000-yard freestyle in a winning time of 11:03.54 as freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) won the 50-yard freestyle (25.61), freshman Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) touched the wall first in the 200-yard IM (2:16.34) and junior Anna Matsco (Windham, NH) delivered the 100-yard butterfly (48.31). Goneya was also second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:28.42) and Sykes as the runner up in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.61).
The foursome of junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA), Sykes, sophomore Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA) and Pawlak handed in a second-place 1:54.73 in the 200-yard medley relay while junior Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), junior Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME), freshman Kimmy Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) and Pawlak took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.08). Seo placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.77) and Berner earned bronze in both the 100-yard (56.92) and 200-yard (2:05.43) freestyles.
Sophomore Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) led the divers with second-place scores of 214.75 in the 1-meter and 258.30 in the 3-meter while junior Leigh Whitehorn (Madison, NJ) turned in a 220.00 in the 3-meter.
The Engineers entertain Clark Wednesday at 6:30pm as Wheaton hosts Tufts Saturday at noon and UMass Dartmouth travels to Plymouth State for a 1pm dual.