400 Free Relay Sets School Record as Women's Swimming and Diving Take Third at NEWMACs

400 Free Relay Sets School Record as Women's Swimming and Diving Take Third at NEWMACs

Cambridge, MA --- Five top-10 finishes propelled the WPI women's swimming team to a third place finish in the NEWMAC Championship at MIT on Sunday night. The third place finish marked the second best finish for the team, bested only by their second place finish at home in 2017.  

The 400 Free Relay team comprised of Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA), Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) and Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA) ended the night with a bang notching a school record time of 3:33.29 for a sixth place finish.  

The Engineers finished the meet with 649 points, good for third place, up three spots from last season.  MIT came away with the victory finishing with 1376.5 points, while Wheaton finished in second with 893 total points. Rounding out the top-10 are Wellesley in fourth (633.5), Springfield in fifth (625), Coast Guard in sixth (564.5), Babson in seventh (347.5), Smith in eighth (317), Mount Holyoke in ninth (247) and Clark in 10th (140).  

The night kicked off with the 1650 Free as Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) finished ninth in the mile with a time of 18:01.03. Earlier in the day, Erica Houghton (Berkley, MA) came away with an 18th place result touching the wall in 18:45.72.  

In the 100 Free finals, Sykes earned a sixth place result in 53.24 while Pawlak took 12th in 53.50, Berner took 13th (53.92) and Hazeltine finished 19th in 54.70. 

Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) highlighted the 200 Breast finals with a sixth place finish, with a time of 2:28.15. While Emma Edwardson (Cary, NC) came in 13th in the consolation finals in 2:29.84 and Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH) took 16th in 2:31.51.  

The 200 Fly finals featured  Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) with a sixth place finish in 2:09.38 while the B final featured four Engineers in Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) taking 13th (2:13.46), Anna Matsco (Windham, NH) finishing 16th in 2:14.65, Anne Hughes (Woodbury, NJ) taking 17th in 2:14.76, and Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) racing to a 19th place finish in 2:16.29.  

Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) earned a 13th place finish on the diving side of things, ending with a score of 328.40.