School Records Fall as Swimming and Diving Wraps Day Two at Gompei Invitational

Gompei Invitational Day 2 - WPI Swimming and Diving 2021

WORCESTER -- The WPI swimming and diving team set a pair of school records, as the Engineers wrapped up action on day two of the 2021 Gompei Invitational. 

Senior Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) was part of both records that went down, winning the 100-breaststroke, and teaming up with Maddy Goggin (Longmeadow, MA), Leah Kolb (Canton, MI), and Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA) to set the school mark in the 200-freestyle relay with a second place finish. Pawlak's time of 1:05.89 put her atop the 100-breast field, breaking a three-year-old WPI record set in 2018 by Allysa Grant (1:06.15). Pawlak, Goggin, Kolb, Foltz's time of 1:37.05 broke one of the Engineer's oldest relay records, topping the team of Nysa Casha, Jenny Day, Tori Claverie, and Emily Martin's time of 1:37.96 set in 2015. 

As a team, WPI held strong to its second place ranking in the nine-team field, piling up 4,146.5 total points after two days of competition. The Engineers trail only Bryant (5,436 points) in the standings, with Rowan (3,754 points) completing the top three. 

Overall, WPI tallied 20 individual top-10 finishes, while recording three top-five relay finishes. 

Pawlak had the Engineers' top finish on the day, while Sidney Williams (Fairfax, VA) and Elinor Ross (Brandon, VT) each picked up third place finishes. Williams was third in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.34, while Ross was third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.69. 

WPI placed three swimmers in the top-10 in the 400-yard individual medley, led by a fourth place finish from Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) in a time of 4:41.64. Willa Royce-Roll (Ithaca, NY) was eighth in the event in 4:49.01 with Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) taking 10th in 4:55.11. 

Four Engineer divers also finished in the top-10, led by a fifth place finish from Jared Seehusahai (Elkins Park, PA) on the men's three-meter board (278.80 points). Alexander Masiero (Richmond, MA) nabbed ninth on the same board with 241.90 points, while on the women's one-meter, Sarah Johnson (Bridgewater, MA) and Val Corrente's (New York, NY) finished sixth (307.65) and seventh (304.15), respectively. 

Other top performers for WPI were Foltz, Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Henry Buda (Laurel, MD), Aidan Greenfield (East Northport, NY), Chonlada DiMascolo (Puyallup, WA), and Kolb. Foltz was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.50, while Staubi was sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (52.52), Buda was sixth in the 50-yard butterfly (23.70), and Greenfield was sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.34). Seventh place finishes from DiMascolo in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.50) and Kolb in the 50-yard backstroke (28.68) wrapped up the individual highlights. 

In relay action, the record-setting women's 200-yard freestyle relay team led the way, while the Engineers also placed fourth in both the women's 400-yard medley relay and the mixed 200-yard freestyle relay. Kolb, Ross, Pawlak, and Foltz made up the 400-yard medley team, combining to record a time of 3:59.75. In the mixed 200-yard freestyle relay, it was Staubi, Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), Pawlak, and Williams taking fourth in a time of 1:31.49. 

The Gompei Invitational continues tomorrow. Action on the final day begins at 9am.