Double Trouble - Women's Swimming and Diving Post Saturday Wins at Hartwick and Norwich

Audrey Berner

Oneonta NY and Northfield, VT --- WPI women's swimming and diving claimed its second straight winning season and eighth consecutive season of a .500 record or better after two wins today over Hartwick and Norwich. WPI took down Hartwick with ten first-place wins for a total of 162 to points to Hartwick's 121. 

The swimming started off with a big win in the 200 medley relay where a team composed of Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX), Molly Silsby (Augusta, ME), Carol Wang (Framingham, MA) and Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) led the way in 1:54.85 to set the tone for the remainder of the events. 

Wang went on to claim to individual victories in the meet in the 100 backstroke (1:03.30) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.57). In the 100 backstroke, teammate Sydney Seo (North Andover, MA) was right behind her in 1:03.54 and then went on to win the 200 backstroke later in the day in 2:18.32. 

After the relay, Pawlak went on to earn three second-place finishes. First, she finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.81 to place second behind Silsby who took first in 1:11.77. Pawlak then went on to take second in the 50 free (25.23) and the 100 free (56.74) to end her day of successful swimming. 

Silsby earned a second individual win in the 200 breaststroke when she finished in 2:35.80 followed by Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) who took second in 2:37.16. Sykes earned first-place in the 200 free in 2:01.26 while Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge, MA) took second in the 1000 free in 11:20.28. Anne Hughes (Woodbury, NJ) rounded out the triumphant swimming with a first-place victory in the 200 butterfly in 2:15.60 for a personal best. 

In the 200 free relay, a team of Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), Sykes, Pawlak and Alice Morgan (Cornwall, NY) swam the fastest time in 1:43.12. 

The Engineers rounded out the event with the top two finishes in both diving events. In the 1-meter diving, Julia Noël (Beverly, MA) earned first with a total of 207.50 points followed by Bronwen Chilton (Saratoga Springs, NY) with 169.10. The pair then went on to take first and second in the 3-meter diving with Noël taking first again with 228.05 points and Chilton in second with 183.70 points. 

WPI was also successful against Norwich today when the team took eight first-place victories and recorded two of the fastest swims at the meet. The Engineers tallied a total of 146 points to Norwich's 127 in the win. 

Alexis Mittelman (Montgomery, NY) represented the team in the diving events where she earned first in the 1-meter 5-vol with a total of 138.37 points and took second in the 1-meter 6-vol with 180.23 points. 

Erica Houghton (Berkley, MA) earned the first individual victory in the 1000 free where she swam to first in 11:17.63 and was followed closely by teammate Daire Daly (Sharon, MA) who took second in 11:52.76. Houghton also swam the second fastest time in the 500 free in just 5:39.09. Jillian Clemente (Killingworth, CT) swam to a win in the 200 free in just 2:03.16 and was trailed by Audrey Berner (San Jose, CA) in second in 2:06.47. Clemente also took first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:14.68 and Rayna Harter (Plainfield, IL) earned second in the event in 2:18.86. Clemente later went on to claim the fastest time in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.19. 

Harter then went on to claim first in the 200 backstroke in 2:20.12 while Zara Alkaff (Fort Collins, CO) swam to second in 2:30.55. Berner took second in the 100 free in 58.20 while freshman Lexi Clark (Easton, MD) earned first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.71 and Sofie de Oliveira (Portland, ME) swam to second place in 1:08.36. Clark also claimed second in the 50 free in just 26.24. Olivia Petropulos (Hollis, NH) made her individual debut in the 100 breaststroke where she took second in 1:11.79 and later swam to a victory in the 200 breaststroke in 2:37.87. In the 200 breaststroke, Julian Poindexter (Wilbraham, MA) earned second in 2:45.93. Petropulos also claimed the second best time in the 100 IM in 1:08.03. 

In the 200 medley relay, a team of Harter, Petropulos, Clark and Cameron Cronin (Cumberland, RI) earned first place in 1:56.52 while a 200 free relay team of de Oliveira, Clemente, Berner and Clark swam the fastest time in 1:46.56. 

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, February 1, at the Tech Sprints at 9am and 4pm before heading to the NEWMAC Championships at MIT February 20 through February 23.