WORCESTER -- A strong start on day one has the WPI swimming and diving team sitting in second place at the 2021 Gompei Invitational.
The Engineers amassed 1,879 total points, scored across both men's and women's events. Bryant is atop the standings with 2,629 points, while Rowan rounds out the top three with 1,831.5 points. A total of nine teams are in action at the three-day event.
WPI athletes combined for 10 top-five finishes, as well as 17 top-ten finishes. Highlighting day one were wins from Justin Moczynski (Hingham, MA) and Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA). Mocznyski topped the standings on the one-meter board, tallying 474.95 total points. Pawlak notched a tie for first place in the 50-meter freestyle, touching the wall in 23.85, and continued her solid day with a third place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (56.85). Both times set new school records.
Other top five individual finishers for the Engineers were Sidney Williams (Fairfax, VA) and Elinor Ross (Brandon, VT). Williams raced to a runner-up placement in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 20.78. Ross touched the wall fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) and Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA) each finished top-ten in two events on day one. Sykes was sixth in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.60) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.50). Foltz tallied a seventh place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (59.54) and took ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.63).
John Puksta (Nashua, NH), Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT), Aidan Greenfield (East Northport, NY), Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA), and Roman Henry (Mullica Hill, NJ) also notched top-10 finishes in swimming events on day one. Puksta was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.44, while Fagerholm was ninth in the same event in 1:58.89. Greenfield (4:52.83) and Shriner (4:54.61) finished ninth and 10th in the 500-yard freestyle, while Henry was ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:10.72.
On the diving side of the pool, besides Mocznyski's victory, WPI had three other top-ten finishes. Sarah Johnson (Bridgewater, MA) was sixth with 270.90 on the women's three-meter board, while Val Corrente's (New York, NY) 242.60 points had her seventh. On the men's one-meter board, Justin Seehusahai (Elkins Park, PA) was seventh with 338.40 points.
In relay action, Engineer teams accounted for five top-five finishes. The mixed 200-yard medley relay team led the way with a runner-up placement from Williams, Sykes, Pawlak, and Fagerholm in a time of 1:40.11.
The men's 200-yard medley relay team tallied a third place finish from Williams, Austin Aguirre (Santa Maria, CA), Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), and Fagerholm (1:33.07), while the top women's relay finish came from the 200-yard medley team of Leah Kolb (Canton, MI), Ross, Pawlak, and Foltz, who finished in 1:48.11 to take fourth place.
Action at the Gompei Invitational continues tomorrow at 9am.