Cambridge, MA --- Night one of the NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships saw a school record and an All-NEWMAC finish from the relay squads for the WPI men's and women's swimming and diving teams at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.
The men's 800 Free Relay team came home with a second place finish, earning the school's first podium spot of the championships in an NCAA 'B' cut time. The veteran squad of Sidney Williams (Fairfax, VA), John Puksta (Nashua, NH), Peter Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, CT) and Matthew Shriner (Arlington, MA) finished in 6:42.54 to earn the runner up spot.
First and Second place finishes earn All-NEWMAC honors, marking the second-straight championships that Puksta and Shriner have earned Second Team All-NEWMAC honors after tonight's race.
The schools' 'B' squad of Kyle Staubi (Red Hook, NY), Austin Aguirre (Santa Maria, CA), Matthew Crane (Groton, MA), and Aidan Greenfield (East Northport, NY) also finished sub-seven minutes with a time of 6:56.12 to add another 16 points to the team total.
The women's 800 Free Relay team kicked off the swim competition for the weekend with a fourth place finish. The foursome of Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA), Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), Chonlada DiMascolo (Puyallup, WA), and Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) combined to finish in 7:45.51.
Foltz' lead 200 to start the relay set a school record in the 200 Free with an unreal time of 1:54.53, besting Jenny Day's 2017 NEWMAC Championship school record time of 1:54.68.
The WPI 'B' squad of Monika Nowak (Longmeadow, MA), Anna Callaghan (Yorktown Heights, NY), Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY), and Keira Franz (Colorado Springs, CO) took home a 14th place finish in 7:59.42 to add another 14 points to the team total.
WPI picked up a pair of top seven finishes in the men's 3-meter diving. Justin Moczynski (Hingham, MA) placed fifth with 443.20 points and Jared Seehusahai (Elkins Park, PA) came in seventh with 343.25 points.
The Engineer men are in third place with 92 points, just two points behind xx-time defending champion MIT for second while the women are tied for fourth with Wheaton with 52 points.
The teams return to action for day two of the NEWMAC Championships on Friday morning beginning at 10am.