Pawlak Claims Second Title as Women's Swim/Dive Places Fifth at NEWMAC Championships

NEWMAC Day 4 Pawlak - WPI Women's Swim & Dive 2022

Cambridge, MA --- A first place finish, a second-place relay finish and a pair of school records propelled the WPI women's swimming and diving team to a fifth place finish at the NEWMAC Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Sunday night.  

With the victory in the 100 Free to wrap up her individual events, senior Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) became the first WPI women's swimmer to come away with a pair of NEWMAC Championship titles. Pawlak previously won the 50 Free on Friday night, resetting the school record four different times during day two of competition.  

Her 100 Free time of 51.30 marks yet another school record, besting Audrey Berner's time of 53.04 set during the time trials of the 2018 NEWMAC Championship and was a half a second faster than her nearest competitor.  

Leah Kolb (Canton, MI) took first in the B finals of the 200 Back, upending the school record by erasing over two seconds of time from Sarah Dinwoodie's 2:08.29 time set in 2011. Kolb's finish of 2:06.16 to get the final night of competition going for the Engineers, erased the longest-standing women's school record and added 13 points to the WPI total.  

The team finished in fifth place behind 2022 Champion MIT who accumulated 1410.5 points, Wheaton (2nd, 920), Springfield (3rd, 646), and Coast Guard (4th, 627. The Engineers put together 524.5 points over the course of the four-day meet, 42 points ahead of sixth place Wellesley.  

Kolb was joined by Morgan Foltz (North Easton, MA) in the 200 Back who took ninth with a time of 2:09.11, competing in the A finals, as well as fellow B finalists  Jenn Brownell (Spring, TX) who finished with a time of 2:11.17 and Anna Callaghan (Yorktown Heights, NY) who clocked in at 2:13.55. 

Joining Pawlak in the 100 Free A finals was Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH) who finished 10th with a time of 53.21 as well as Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) and Maddy Goggin (Longmeadow, MA) who finished in 14th and 18th respectively.  

Sarah MacDonald (Yorktown Heights, NY) rounded out the individual competition with an 18th place finish in the 200 Fly in a time of 2:17.01, her fastest of the season.  

On the diving side of things, Val Corrente (New York, NY) finished 12th in the prelims in the 3-meter dive with a score of 304.05.  

The Engineers ended the meet on a high note with a second place finish in the 400 Free Relay as the foursome of Pawlak, Chonlada DiMascolo (Pyuallup, WA), Hazeltine, and Foltz lowered the school record mark by nearly six seconds with a 3:28.76 finish besting the previous record set at the 2018 NEWMAC Championships (3:34.17). With that each of the women were honored with All-NEWMAC Second Team honors.  

For the meet:
All-NEWMAC First Team

All-NEWMAC Second Team

After some fast finishes this weekend, the Engineers will look to find out if any of the members of the team have earned a spot at the NCAA Championships to be held from March 16-19.