200 Freestyle Relay Helps Women's Swimming and Diving Nip Swarthmore in New Jersey

Kimmy Hazeltine

New Providence, NJ --- A third-place finish for the 200 free relay team of Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) and Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) in 1:41.35 led the Engineers over Swarthmore to earn their victory of the day, while No. 4 Johns Hopkins and No. 22 Rowan proved to be a test for WPI. 

The 1650 free was the strongest event for the Engineers with two top-five finishes. Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) swam to a fourth-place finish in a time of 18:34.37 while teammate Sykes was right behind her in fifth with a time of 18:40.16.

Senior Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) claimed fifth in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.77, for a career best, while sophomore Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX) also took fifth in the very next event, the 100 backstroke, in 1:00.99. In the 100 free Pawlak took fourth with a time of 55.32 and had her best finish of the day in the 50 free where she took second in 24.66. 

Three different Engineers swam to third with Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) claiming the first third-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:14.34. Later in the 200 breaststroke, Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) took third in 2:31.00.  Wang ended the streak of third-place finishes in the 100 butterfly when she swam the event in 58.80, which set a new personal record.

The Engineers are back in the pool on Sunday, January 19, at Stevens for a noon start.