Williamstown, MA – Junior Shelvey Swett (Olympia, WA) landed WPI women's swimming and diving's only top three finish of the day with her strong performance in the 200-yard breaststroke as a four-way meet against Tufts, Williams and Wesleyan proved a formidable test for the Engineers.
WPI did pick up one victory, beating Wesleyan, 194-118, but Tufts beat the Engineers, 267-54, and meet host Williams won by a 218-95 score.
The 200 breaststroke was WPI's strongest event of the day, as Swett claimed third place with a time of 2:34.19, while Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) and Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) weren't far behind in fifth (2:35.76) and sixth (2:35.84).
The Engineers had a similar result in the 200-yard butterfly, as Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) locked down fifth place (2:22.22), followed by Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) and Anna Matsco (Windham, NH) fractions of a second behind in seventh (2:222.39) and eighth place (2:30.00).
Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) also had a top five finish in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 25.08 seconds to come in fifth place.
Sykes was also WPI's top swimmer in the 400-yard individual medley (8th, 4:51.48), while Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) was also eighth in the 100-yard butterfly.
Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX) and Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) finished back-to-back in two of the backstroke events. Brownell came in eighth place (1:03.82) in the 100-yard backstroke, followed by Seo (9th, 1:04.37). Seo edged her in the 50 backstroke, taking ninth place (29.55) and Brownell 10th (29.72).
Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH) landed in the top 10 in the 100-yard breaststroke (9th, 1:11.48), as did Silsby in the 50-yard breaststroke (10th, 33.01).
Julia Noel (Beverly, MA) landed fifth place in the 3-meter dive (224.78) and Sarah Johnson (Bridgewater, MA) was seventh in the 1-meter dive (201.73).
The Engineers will look for a better result at home again MIT and Bowdoin next Saturday afternoon.