Noël Leads Sweep as Women's Swimming and Diving Bests Clark

Julia Noel

WORCESTER --- Julia Noël (Beverly, AM) captured both diving events and nine different swimmers and both relays touched the wall first as WPI women's swimming and diving collected a 153-70 road victory at Clark on Tuesday evening. 

With the win, WPI improves to 9-8 in dual meets this season. 

Noel took two wins in the diving events starting with the 3-meter diving with a score of 200.47. In the 3-meter diving teammate Alexis Mittelman (Montgomery, NY) took second with a total score of 176.62. Noel won the 1-meter diving as well with 217.04 points while Mittelman was in second with 182.93 points. 

The Engineers started the swimming events with a first and second place finish in the 400 medley relay. A team composed of Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL), Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH), Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) and Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) swam to first in 4:13.77 while a team of Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX), Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME), Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) took second in 4:19.45.

Brownell earned her solo individual win of the day in the 1000 free in a time of 11:31.00 while the Engineers claimed the top two spots in the remaining six events. 

In the 200 free, Wang took first in 2:04.27 and was followed in by teammate Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) in second with a time of 2:04.77. Keira Coulard-Smith (Gardiner, NY) made her college debut with a win in the 50 with a time of 26.59 while Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) took second in 26.74. WPI claimed first and second in the 200 IM when Sophie Chase (South Portland, ME) earned first in 2:22.17 and Petropulos took second in 2:22.19. 

Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC) swam to a first-place finish is the 100 butterfly in 1:03.88 and Cameron Cronin (Cumberland, RI) took second in 1:04.93. In the 100 free, Sykes earned her only individual win of the meet in 55.14 and Clemente came in second in 57.32. The scored events ended with the 100 backstroke with Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME) in first in 1:07.18 and Zara Alkaff (Fort Collins, CO) made her college debut with a second place finish in 1:10.08.

Others to turn in the best times for the Crimson and Gray included Monika Nowak (Longmeadow, MA) in the 500 freestyle (5:35.20), Pawlak in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.32) and the 200 freestyle relay of Lexi Clark (Easton, MD), Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), de Oliveira and Pawlak (1:45.04). 

WPI has a split schedule on Saturday with members headed to New York to square off with Hartwick at noon and Vermont to face Norwich at 1pm.