Pawlak Captures Women's Swimming First NEWMAC Title in Six Years in Record (x4) Style

NEWMAC Championships Day Two - WPI Swim & Dive 2022

Cambridge, MA --- Four-straight school record finishes from senior Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) highlighted day two of the NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Pawlak set and reset the 50 Free school record throughout the day culminating in a first place finish in the 50 Free Finals and B cut time. 

Pawlak's first place performance in the 50 Free marked the first individual NEWMAC title for a WPI women's competitor since Jenny Day took home the 200 Fly title at the 2016 NEWMAC Championships.  

Pawlak also helped the 200 Free Relay team to a third place finals finish with a time of 1:35.65. After starting the day off with a 23.83 50-Free leg to begin the relay in the prelims, Pawlak lowered her own school record that was originally set during the 2019 NEWMAC Championships. Pawlak reset that time with a second place prelims finish in the 50 Free.  

Later in the finals, Pawlak's leadoff leg once again reset the school record (23.57) and she cut that down even more to earn the first place finish in the 50 Free with her best ever time of 23.55 to stand atop the podium and come away with All-NEWMAC First Team honors.  

Pawlak's time helped the Engineers to a third place finish in the 200 Free Relay finishing with a time of 1:35.65. The squad's prelim time of 1:35.56 qualified as an NCAA B Cut. The foursome of Pawlak, Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), Leah Kolb (Canton, MI), and Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA) also smashed the previous school record of 1:37.96 set at the 2017 NEWMAC Championships. 

In the 500-Free finals, Chonlada DiMascolo (Pyuallup, WA), the lone Engineer to make the finals, finished in ninth place with a time of 5:13.17 while Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) took home 14th place in 2:11.12 in the 200 IM. 

The individual swimming events wrapped up with the 50 Free and Pawlak's record setting finish. In the B final, a trio of Engineers helped add to WPI's total as Kolb finished second and 12th overall with a time of 24.46 while Maddy Goggin (Longmeadow, MA) finished 15th in 24.82 and Hazeltine rounded out the pack with a 17th place 24.99 finish. 

The 400 Medley Relay rounded out Friday's swimming competition as the women's squad of Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX), Pawlak, Sykes and Monika Nowak (Longmeadow, MA), who finished fifth in the prelims, improved to a spot on the podium with a third place finish in the finals in a school record time of 3:52.87.  

On the diving side of things, Val Corrente (New York, NY) rounded out the night with an eighth place finish in the 1-meter dive with a score of 334.35. 

After two days of competition, the women's team has totalled 227 points and sits in fifth place.  

The Engineers will be back in action for day three of the Championships on Saturday morning at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of MIT.