Pawlak Shines as Women’s Swimming & Diving Concludes First Full Day of NEWMACs

Katherine Pawlak (right)
Katherine Pawlak (right)

WORCESTER – WPI freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) set a school record with a bronze-medal performance as Women's Swimming & Diving sits sixth after the first full day of the 2019 NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships being held in the Sports & Recreation Center.

MIT (469 points) moved past Coast Guard (305) while the hosts have collected 173.

Pawlak reset her own 50-yard freestyle record with a third-place time of 23.89, which was a mere .07 from silver, .13 from gold, and .14 shy of an NCAA B cut. Freshman Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) finished sixth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:10.44. Senior Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY), junior Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), freshman Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) and junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) also collected points for the Engineers in the 200 IM B final.

The quartet of Seo, Sykes, freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) and Pawlak placed sixth in the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 4:01.56 while Wang as fellow juniors Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC), Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) and Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME) took 14th in 4:05.54. Clemete and junior Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) were 12th (5:18.18) and 13th (5:18.30) in the 500-yard freestyle, and sophomore Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) was 13th in the 1-meter dive (322.85 points).

Day three begins with the prelims on Saturday at 10am, followed by the finals session at 6pm. The events for Saturday include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and the 200 medley relay.