Perry, Sykes & Pawlak Shine as Swimming & Diving Sits Third at Gompei Invite

Katherine Pawlak and Emily Martin

WORCESTER – Senior Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI) was a double winner while freshmen Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) and Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) each set a school record as the WPI swimming & diving team ended the first day of the 2018 Gompei Invitational, which features combined scoring, in third place.

Rowan leads with 1501.5 points with Bryant in second (1419), WPI in third (1369.5), Stevens Institute of Technology in fourth (1202) and Bentley in fifth (1068.5). Assumption paces the single-gender entries with 698 points, which is good for seventh overall in the 15-team competition.

Perry, along with senior Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI), junior Dave Chen (Niantic, CT) and graduate student Craig Barrett (Edinburgh, Scotland) began the men's portion of the finals with a winning time of 1:31.22 in the 200-yard medley relay. Later in the meet, Perry, Bauer and Barrett were 1-2-3 in the 100-yard butterfly with times of 49.74, 49.82 and 50.19, respectively. Perry also paced 100 fly trials with a 49.97. In the span of about 15 minutes, Sykes and Pawlak took down the 200-yard IM and 50-yard freestyle records with fifth-place times of 2:09.87 and 24.16. Both had narrowly missed resetting the WPI standards, which were previously owned by Emily Martin '17, in the morning swim.

Junior Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA), Sykes, junior Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) and Pawlak took 10th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:49.80) before sophomore Matt Shriner (Arlington, MA) was second (16:26.55) and junior Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) was ninth (18:03.66) in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Senior Alex Gallant (Lakeville, MA) then took third in the 200-yard IM (1:55.82) and sophomore Zach Denbow (Hooksett, NH) was sixth (1:57.50). Sophomore Aaron McCutcheon (Smithfield, RI) and freshman BK Jeong (Marshfield, MA) represented the Engineers in the B final, and juniors Jehu De la Rosa (Mission, TX) and Joshua Driscoll (Haverhill, MA) swam in the C final. Junior Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), senior Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY) took part in the B final and freshman Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) was in the C final for the women.

Senior Jean Philippe Miralda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) had to swim the 50 free three times and was faster each time. He clocked a 21.66 to force a swim-off where he won 21.63-22.25, and finished with a ninth-place 21.57. Perry and Barrett picked up points in the B final, as did freshman Sid Williams (Irvine, CA), sophomore Clayton Besch (West Sand Lake, NY) and freshman Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT) in the C final. Sophomore Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA), meanwhile, represented the women in the C final.  

Sophomore Emmett McCann (Seattle, WA), the lone Engineer to swim the men's 200-yard breaststroke finals, was 12th as sophomores Shelvey Swett (Olympia, WA) and Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME) were 14th and 15th, and junior Mackenzie Karnilaw (Houston, TX) was in the C final. In addition to the men's 100 fly trio, freshman Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) and Wang were seventh and 10th in their A final. Junior Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) contested the B final as MacDonald and freshman Sophie Chase (Cape Elizabeth, ME) took part in the C final.

The 800-yard freestyle relay quartet of Barrett, junior Markus Zimmermann (Sammamish, WA), Bauer and Shriner were fourth (6:59.39) while the foursome of Berner, Vandervort, Goneya and Sykes finished ninth (8:01.99) in their respective races.

Over at Clark, junior Leigh Whitehorn (Madison, NJ) finished 15th in the women's 1-meter dive with 314.35 points and junior Chris Nelson (Millbury, MA) made the men's 3-meter finals, where he finished ninth (284.60).

Saturday features the 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke, 50 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 400 Medley Relay, women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter dives.



Left: Jack Bauer, Jackson Perry and Craig Barrett           
Right: Molly Sykes and Emily Martin