Engineers Set More School Records as Swim/Dive Finishes Second at the Gompei Invitational

Katherine Pawlak, Molly Sykes, Kimmy Hazeltine, Morgan Foltz - WPI Swimming and Diving 2021

WORCESTER -- The WPI swimming and diving team finished second overall after three days of competition at the 2021 Gompei Invitational. The Engineers racked up 6,006.5 total points, behind only Division-I Bryant, who won the event with 7,779 points. Rowan (5028.5), Babson (4,251) and Springfield (4,248) rounded out the top five in the nine-team competition. 

On the final day of action, three school records fell, as WPI recorded seven top-five individual finishes with three relay teams also taking top-five. Elinor Ross (Brandon, VT) opened the day with the 50-breast school record, going 30.60 in the prelims. Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) then broke Ross's 50-breast record by swimming a 29.98 in a time trial. Pawlak also broke the 100-yard freestyle record three times over the course of the day, settling on a school-best time of 52.24 after leading the 400-yard freestyle relay team to yet another record. 

Pawlak, Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA), Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), and Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA) won the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:31.75 to also etch their names into the record book. The previous best mark of 3:34.17 was set in 2018 by Audrey Berner, Sofie de Oliveira, Jillian Clemente, and Jenny Day. 

Aside from the 400-yard freestyle win, Ross accounted for the other WPI victory on the day, swimming a 30.21 to win the 50-yard breaststroke. 

Also, finishing with top-five individual performances for WPI were Eric Scholz (Fulton, MD), Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT), Willa Royce-Roll (Ithaca, NY), and Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA).  Scholz was third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 27.29, while Staubi and Fagerholm finished back-to-back in the 200-yard backstroke, with Staubi taking fourth (1:55.17) and Fagergolm placing fifth (1:55.31). Royce-Roll was fourth in the women's 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:11.20, while Shriner placed fifth in the men's 200-yard butterfly in 1:53.54. 

Wrapping up the individual top finishes for WPI, Anthony Porto (Hillsdale, NY) was sixth in the 100-yard individual medley (53.94), while Bora Hurst (Wellington, FL) was seventh in the 50-yard breaststroke. 

Two mixed relay teams nabbed top-five finishes on the final day. The mixed 200-yard medley relay team of Sidney Williams (Fairfax, VA), Sykes, Pawlak, and Fagerholm took second place, recording a time of 1:40.11. The mixed 200-yard freestyle relay took fourth overall, as Staubi, Hazeltine, Pawlak, and Williams touched the wall in 1:31.49.

WPI swimming and diving is off until 2022. The Engineers will return to the pool on Tuesday, January 11, competing at Roger Williams at 1pm.