Sykes, 200 Free Relay Set Records for Women's Swimming & Diving on Day Two of NEWMACs

Molly Sykes

Cambridge, MA --- Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA), Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA), Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) and Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) all logged top 10 individual finishes for WPI women's swimming and diving as the Crimson and Gray competed on day 2 of the NEWMAC Championships at MIT.  

The Engineers currently six in sixth place with 238 points and just four points out of fourth place.  Host MIT is atop the standings in the 10-team conference with 476.50 points while Wheaton (293) is second, Springfield (270) third, Wellesley (241.50) fourth and Coast Guard (240.50) fifth.    

Sykes posted WPI's best individual performance on the day, placing sixth in the 200 IM in a school record time of 2:09.24.  Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) was 14th overall (2:13.11) and  Olivia Hanson (Anchorage, AK) posted the best time drop of the 20 championship swimmers from the morning (1.73 seconds) and finished 17th with a time of 2:13.52.    

Gonyea and Pawlak were 10th in the 500 and 50 freestyles respectively.  Gonyea touched the wall in 5:14.99 while Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) (5:14.26) and Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX) (5:15.90) placed 2-3 in the B finals.  Pawlak collected a time of 24.44 in the 50 freestyle and Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA) was 19th overall in a time of 25.00. 

Noël became the first WPI women's diver to reach a final since Kristen Bender in 2018.  Noël racked up 380.75 points on her way to a tenth place finish. 

The Engineers began their day with a podium finish as the 200 freestyle relay of Pawley, Berner, Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) and Sykes placed third in a school record time of 1:37.60.  In the 400 medley relay to end the day, the A relay consisting of Brownell, Silsby, Wang and Pawlak placed fourth in the championship final (4:00.12) and the B relay comprised of Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL), Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH), Clemente and Berner finished second in the consolation final (4:01.20). 

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 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 200 medley relay.