WORCESTER -- Trailing 145-136 heading into the final event, the WPI women's swimming and diving team got what they needed in the 200-yard freestyle relay, coming back to tie Division II Southern Connecticut State University, 149-149, on Friday night at home. The tie sets the Engineers' season record to 4-1-1.
The Engineers finished first and third in the final relay, racking up the 13 points they needed to complete the tie. Overall, the Crimson and Gray swept the two relay events, while individually, three WPI swimmers combined for six first place finishes.
Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) and Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA) both tallied multiple individual wins, while being part of winning relay teams at the event. Pawlak notched victories in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.53), the 100-yard freestyle (55.79) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.92). Foltz won the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.69) and the 50-yard freestyle (25.19).
Wrapping up the individual event winners, Leah Kolb (Canton, MI) took the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:01.93.
In the relays, Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) was part of both of the WPI winning entries. In the 200-yard medley relay, it was Kolb, Elinor Ross (Brandon, VT), Pawlak, and Sykes in first in a time of 1:52.81. Closing the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Audrey Dino (St. Louis, MO), Sykes, Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), and Foltz won in 1:42.60.
Wrapping up the meet highlights, Ross, Dino, Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY), and Bronwen Chilton (Saratoga Springs, NY) all recorded second place finishes. Ross was runner-up in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.41) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.92), while Dino was second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:15.28). MacDonald came in second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:23.99), while Chilton was second on the three-meter board (160.57).
WPI will return to the pool on November 20 in Cambridge, taking on MIT and Bowdoin beginning at 11am.