WORCESTER – Freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) won four individual events and was part of three victorious relay teams as the WPI women's swimming & diving team hosted the third annual Tech Sprints Saturday in the Sports & Recreation Center. The non-scoring event also featured No. 22 Bates, Keene State. Roger Williams, Trinity and Wheaton.
Pawlak teamed with junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA), freshman Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) and sophomore Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA) to begin the evening session with a 1:52.37 in the 200-yard medley relay. The rookie later secured the 25-yard freestyle (11.30) while Berner won the B final in 11.72. Then the 100-yard freestyle relay configuration of Berner, Sykes, freshman Kimmy Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) and Pawlak collaborated to post a 46.29 before Pawlak led the way in the 50-yard butterfly with a 27.01. Freshmen Sophie Chase (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) followed in fourth (28.34) and sixth (28.94), respectively. Seo, Sykes, Pawlak and Berner again teamed up, this time for a 51.64 in the 100-yard medley relay. Pawlak only needed 24.81 to finish the 50-yard freestyle after guiding MacDonald (2nd – 12.55) and freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) (5th – 13.06) in the 25-yard butterfly A final with a 12.40. Berner was the quickest in the B final with a 12.62.
Freshman Sarah DeMaio (Millersville, MD) and sophomore Shelvey Swett (Olympia, WA) also struck gold in the 200-yard butterfly (2:19.12) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.65), respectively. Hughes was second in the 200 fly (2:20.35) as junior Mackenzie Karnilaw (Houston, TX), senior Caroline Flynn (Norwell, MA), senior Stephanie Marcucci (Dingmans Ferry, PA) and sophomore Mary Rego (Amherst, NH) were third (2:35.40), fourth (2:38.06), fifth (2:38.70) and sixth (2:38.79) for the Engineers.
Sykes earned silver in the 50-yard breaststroke (32.39) and 100-yard IM (1:03.11) as Harter was fourth (1:03.45) and MacDonald was sixth (1:03.71) in the longer race. Berner, Sykes, Hazeltine and Pawlak added a second-place 1:41.96 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) was second in the 3-meter dive with 324.85 points while juniors Leigh Whitehorn (Madison, NJ) and Alexis Mittelman (Montgomery, NY) were fourth and fifth while the 1-meter saw Whitehorn place third (304.95) ahead of Noël and Mittleman in fourth and fifth.
Sophomore Daire Daly (Sharon, MA) was third in the 400-yard IM (5:07.55) while Seo tied for third in the 25-yard backstroke (13.93) and junior Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK) was third in the 200-yard IM (2:17.32). Harter came home fifth (14.05) and Wang (14.40) won the B final in the 25 back while Chase was sixth (2:25.45) and Marcucci led the second final with a time of 2:22.
Sykes finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (56.20), as did freshman Kirsten Stevens (Reading, MA) in the 500-yard freestyle (5:37). Harter and Seo were fifth (29.34) and seventh (29.07) in the 50-yard backstroke, and Hanson and sophomore Elena Raden (Hockessin, DE) were fifth (2:18.67) and ninth 2:26.36) in the 200-yard version of the event. The 50-yard breaststroke featured Sykes in sixth (15.24) while the 100-yard breaststroke saw Marcucci place sixth (1:12.50) and Hanson win the B final (1:11.98). Clemente added a 59.72 in the 100-yard butterfly which led the second final and would have been second in the A final.
Flynn, Emily Morra (Niskayuna, NY), Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY), Kelly Martin (Penfield, NY) and Marcucci were honored prior to the final session for their contributions to WPI Athletics and the swimming & diving program.
The Engineers host the 2019 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships later this month. The four-day event begins on Thursday the 21st at 4pm.
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