As part of our summer series, we are looking back at the best moments from the 2021-2022 academic year, today featuring WPI women's swimming & diving's Katherine Pawlak who was the first women's swimmer in program history to earn an invitation to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Indianapolis, IN --- WPI senior Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) has been selected to participate in the 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corp March 16-19 at the IUPUI's IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pawlak becomes the first women's swimmer to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships and joins diver Veronica Nikolaki '16 (Athens, Greece) as the only two women to reach the NCAA Championships in program history.
Pawlak qualified as the 28th seed in the 50-yard freestyle with a school record time of 23.55 achieved this past weekend at the NEWMAC Championships. The senior will also participate in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly by virtue of achieving B cuts in the events. Pawlak is currently seeded 29th in the 100 free (51.30) and 34th in the 100 fly (56.06).
The senior's NCAA Championship experience begins on Wednesday the 16th with the 50-yard freestyle and continues as she'll take part in the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday. After an off day Friday, Pawlak will conclude the meet by taking part in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.
Pawlak's selection comes just after a spectacular performance at last weekend's NEWMAC Championships where she became WPI Women's Swimming and Diving first two-time NEWMAC champion when she won both the 50 and 100-yard freestyles in school record times.
The selection of Pawlak gives WPI Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving an eighth straight year of a student-athlete(s) earning a spot in the NCAA Championships under head coach Paul Bennett.