- You’re wondering: When is Parents Weekend/Homecoming/Commencement in 2011, 2012, or 2013?
- You want to know more about Zipcar.
- They want to do what? — Live off-campus next year? Is that safe?
- They ran out of toilet paper in their residence hall = YES; the Cocoa Puffs in Morgan Commons are all gone = NO.
- Your son or daughter needs an emergency loan to get home, buy books, travel, etc.
- A close relative or friend passes away and you want a university official to know about it.
- Your son or daughter wants to come home every weekend – they constantly say, “there’s nothing to do here.”
- Your son or daughter is progressing through the Campus Judicial System… and you want to know more about the process.
- Your son or daughter is having trouble academically, and tells you there’s no class, study, or tests preparation help.
- You can’t believe what you just heard from your son or daughter, and it concerns you.
In any of these types of situations, we encourage you to contact the Dean of Students Office, or complete our “I’m Concerned about a Student” webpage.
Associate Dean of Students
Spring semester bills were emailed December 3 to all students and authorized users. Spring semester bills will be due January 7, 2011.
Please remember that your student can authorize you as an authorized user to receive email notifications when a new bill statement is available to download/view. For instructions on adding an authorized user please visit http://www.wpi.edu/+bill and click eBill.
To help families make payments more affordable we offer a monthly payment plan through Tuition Management Systems. Inc., please visit afford.com for additional information. A six month plan for the spring semester is available, there is no interest only an enrollment fee of $80.00.
We are here to assist you please contact us at any time with questions regarding billing matters at email@example.com.
The holiday break is a perfect time to speak with your student about a summer internship search. Encourage them to create or update their resume over the break so when they return to school in January they can have it critiqued.
The Career Development Center has many resources on resume writing that might be of assistance; see Resumes & Letters for some helpful information. Our office will receive internship postings between January and July.
All students have an account in Job Finder our web-based system for job opportunities; they just need to log in to their account, for more information see >the Job Finder page.
Finally, remind them to bring back to school some professional attire to wear at the Summer Internship & Job Fair on February 17. We encourage students to dress for success, as this makes a strong first impression to the corporations attending the Career Fair. So, if they get called for an interview, they’ll have something appropriate to wear.
Happy holidays to you and your family.
Director, Career Development Center
Academic reviews will be conducted by the Registrar’s Office over winter break and grades will be sent to parents in January. If your students did not do well in the fall semester, please encourage them to come in and see us so we can help them get back on track for the spring semester. We offer a variety of student support services, including academic coaching, tutoring, and time management workshops. For more detailed information on these services, please consult the Academic Resources Center.
A special part of the fundraising effort at WPI, the Parents Fund is made up of gifts from parents of current students and alumni. Through this fund, families may give to the highest priorities of the university, supporting investments in student life, faculty teaching and research, and financial aid. Last year, more than 700 parents made gifts to WPI, totaling over $94,000 in support that went to work immediately, further enriching their children’s WPI experience.
Please remember that gifts to the WPI Parents Fund are deductible in the 2010 tax year if you make a contribution on or before December 31.
For more information about the WPI Parents Fund, or if you would like to make a gift, please visit the Parents Fund.
As parents or guardians of WPI students, you are in the midst of very exciting times in your child’s life. While at WPI, students will put their classroom learning to work in real-world situations and our faculty will prepare them to be leaders and innovators. We know that much of your children’s past success is due to the support and guidance you have given them, beginning in their early years and continuing today. We are honored you are now entrusting them to us for the next steps. While our students have contact with us on a daily basis, their parents and guardians have direct contact with us only occasionally. So that we may keep you connected about WPI news, regional events, and parent activities, we ask you to complete the family information form, using this form, if you have not already done so. Thank you! We are confident that these years will be rewarding for your entire family and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
A Balfour representative will be at the WPI campus bookstore November 17–18, 11am-3pm. The official ring is on display at the bookstore. Orders can also be placed at www.balfour.com or 1-866-BALFOUR.
WPI’s traditional Ring Ceremony will be held Friday, March 18, 2011.
For additional information, please visit the Class Ring Page.
The Centennial Walkway on the Quad was dedicated in 1991. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff can become part of WPI’s history by having an engraved brick placed in the walkway. The names of those who walked the campus before them will inspire future generations. To assure placement in the Walkway by Commencement in May, brick orders must be received by February 15, 2011. For additional information, please visit the Centennial Walkway Page.
Congratulation to WPI sophomore Joaquin Serrano for winning an iPod Nano through the Knovel University Challenge, a search contest that the library staff has been promoting this fall. Knovel is a subscription web-based platform providing access to high quality and easily searchable technical information covering all areas of engineering. Knovel is searchable through the Gordon Library website.
Gordon Library’s extended hours for the end of B-Term available here.
Brian Savilonis Retires as Head Cross Country Coach
Longtime WPI Men’s and Women’s Cross Country coach Brian Savilonis has announced his retirement. An accomplished head coach for over a quarter century, Savilonis will remain at the university as a professor of mechanical engineering. The longest-tenured head coach currently at WPI, he has been coach of the women’s program since its inception in 1985. Read more.
Champagne Grabs Second Straight Academic All-America Accolade
For the second year in a row, WPI’s Aaron Champagne has been named an ESPN/Co-SIDA Academic All-America for football by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The senior running back took home second team national honors in the College Division, composed of NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and junior college programs, for the second consecutive season. Read more.
Moan Earns ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America Honor
WPI’s men’s soccer standout Paul Moan has been named an ESPN Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). Moan, a two-time All-District I first team selection, picked up third team national honors in the College Division, composed of NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and junior college programs. WPI student-athletes have earned a total of 35 Academic All-America honors. Read more.
Lapierre Tabbed to New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team
WPI offensive tackle Tyler Lapierre was named to the Division II/III All-New England Football team, as voted on by the New England Football Writers. Lapierre was one of 31 players representing 21 teams in the region, and was the only member of the Engineers selected to the team. The senior was honored earlier this week as a first team All-Liberty League player. Read more.
Women's Soccer's Kristen Garza Selected for NEWISA Senior Bowl
Women’s Soccer senior Kristen Garza has not yet played her final match as a representative of WPI. The forward was selected to participate in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl on Saturday December 4. The contest was held on the campus of Merrimack College and featured seniors from all three NCAA divisions. Read more.
A few headlines from this past weekend
NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week Andrew Lybarger won six individual events including a sweep of the butterflies and was part of four relay wins as the WPI Men’s Swimming and Diving won the two-day Cardinal Invitational, hosted by Wesleyan, that concluded Sunday. Sonja Kent highlighted the women’s performance with a victory the 400-yard IM.
Women’s Basketball opened NEWMAC play with a pair of victories, including a win over crosstown rival Clark. Big week ahead as the Engineers head to Springfield on Tuesday before they host two-time NEWMAC Tournament champion Babson on Friday night.
Men’s Basketball geared up for a date Tuesday at Division I Harvard with two wins last week. WPI takes on Harvard Tuesday for the first time since 1989. The Crimson holds a 16-6 edge all-time in the series between the two programs. WPI returns to the Division III slated with a key home game Thursday with Rhode Island College at a trip to Fitchburg State on Saturday.
Tyler Howe, Stephen Poppa and David Cardenas all earned All-Tournament accolades to highlight WPI's sixth place showing Saturday at the Ted Reese Wrestling Invitational hosted by Southern Maine. Heavyweight Anthony Corbo pinned an opponent in just 10 seconds in one of his bouts. Engineers are at Springfield on Wednesday and at the Oneonta State Quad on Saturday.
Indoor Track and Field began its 2010-2011 season at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers had a strong day as 11 different athletes qualified for various championship events. The Crimson and Gray will return to action on January 15, 2011 when they venture to Bowdoin for a tri-meet with Middlebury.
See you at the games! - Rusty
|Tuesday, November 23||Men’s Basketball 90, Framingham State 56|
|Sunday, November 28||Rhode Island College 65, Women’s Basketball 51|
|Tuesday, November 30||Men’s Basketball 76, Curry 56|
|Wednesday, December 1||Women’s Basketball 58, Smith 53|
|Thursday, December 2||Men’s Basketball 89, Lasell 56|
|Saturday, December 4||Women’s Basketball 75, Clark 44|
|Wrestling - 6th Place at Southern Maine Tournament|
|Men’s Indoor Track and Field - 4th Place at Springfield Invitational|
|Women’s Indoor Track and Field - 4th Place at Springfield Invitational|
|Saturday, December 4 - Sunday, December 5||Men’s Swimming and Diving - 1st Place at Wesleyan Invitational|
|Women’s Swimming and Diving 4th Place at Wesleyan Invitational|
|Next Week’s Games|
|Tuesday, December 7||Women’s Basketball at Springfield 7:30|
|Men’s Basketball at Harvard 7:00|
|Wednesday, December 8||Wrestling at Springfield 7:00|
|Thursday, December 9||Rhode Island College at Men’s Basketball 7:00|
|Friday, December 10||Babson at Women’s Basketball 7:00|
|Saturday, December 11||Wrestling at Oneonta St with Johnson & Wales and Williams 11:00am|
|Men’s Basketball at Fitchburg State 3:00|
Men’s Athletes of the Week
Men’s Swimming and Diving Team
The Men’s Swimming and Diving team has been named the WPI Men’s Athletes of the Week for the week ending December 5th. This past weekend at the Cardinal Invitational, the men’s team won its first major invitational in the program’s history as they scored 1337.5 points, besting Wesleyan, Clark, Hamilton, and Trinity. The relay teams highlighted the effort and showcased the program’s depth by winning four of five events.
Women’s Athlete of the Week
Lauren Hannmann - Women’s Basketball - Junior - Guard - East Greenbush, NY
Lauren Hannmann has been tabbed the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 5th. The junior averaged 16 points and six rebounds as the Engineers picked up a pair of conference wins last week. Hannmann led all players with 18 points Saturday at home versus crosstown rival Clark after tossing in 14 points and grabbing seven boards in a road win at Smith. She connected on 50% of her shots from field and 75% of her free throws on the week.
Men’s Basketball (5-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)
Men’s Basketball improved its record by going 2-0 this week as look toward Tuesday when they venture to Harvard for a matchup with the Division I Crimson. This past Tuesday, junior forward Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) grabbed 10 rebounds and began WPI's 15-0 scoring run midway through the second half to pull away from host Curry, 76-56, on Tuesday night. WPI opened the game on a 9-0 run that began with a layup by senior guard Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) and was capped off with a three-point play by freshman guard David White Jr. (Worcester, MA). The Colonels responded with a 10-3 run, kicked off with a layup at 11:08 that cut the Curry deficit to two. The final basket of the first period was a jumper by Curry with 21 seconds remaining that closed the gap to three (34-31) at intermission. The hosts got as close as they would come at the start of the second frame, after a layup pulled the Colonels to within one. Ahead 49-45, the Engineers began their game-clinching run at 10:49 on a layup by Perez. Three and a half minutes later, after Perez sank a free throw, WPI held an insurmountable 64-45 advantage, and cruised to the 20-point victory. Senior guard Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) and Robinson led WPI with 11 points apiece. Junior center Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) chipped in with 10. Perez led the Engineers on the glass with a game-high 10 boards. On Thursday, Carr posted a career-high 16 points en route to registering his second career double-double and Robinson added 21 points as host WPI downed Lasell 89-63 in a non-conference contest Thursday night. WPI never trailed in the game and used a 14-0 run in the first half to turn a 6-6 deadlock into a 20-6 advantage. The Engineers held the Lasers scoreless for a stretch of 9:18. The visitors didn't receive a point until 5:15 remained in the opening half as it helped WPI to a 35-19 halftime lead. Lasell was never able to slice the deficit to single digits over the final 20 minutes of play. Carr added to his 16 point performance by gobbling up 10 rebounds for his first double-double since February 6, 2010 versus NEWMAC-foe Wheaton. Robinson canned five 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 in the second half. WPI got a spark from senior Ryan Stock (Grafton, MA), who off rattled five straight points early in the second stanza to thwart a Laser comeback. White filled the stat sheets for the Engineers notching eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Jaime Shannon (Lowell, MA) and Jameel Galloway (Randolph, MA) each added seven points for the hosts, who enjoyed a 63-27 edge in shots in the paint and transformed a 45-23 advantage on the glass into 24 second chance points. WPI is back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Division I Harvard for a 7pm contest. It will be the first time the Engineers have faced the Crimson since 1989 and their first matchup with a Division I opponent since a trip to Dartmouth in 2002. The Crimson and Gray return home for a 7pm contest versus Rhode Island College on Thursday night. Capping the week will be a visit to Fitchburg State on Saturday for a 3pm tip.
Women’s Basketball (4-2 overall, 2-0 NEWMAC)
Women’s Basketball went 2-0 to open conference play last week. This past Saturday Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) and Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) combined for 27 first half points and freshman Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH) poured in a career-best 13 points to help WPI remain undefeated in NEWMAC play with a 75-44 victory over Clark. After Clark opened the game with a pair of free throws, the Engineers ran off 14 straight points to grab a lead they would not relinquish. The WPI defense forced Clark to miss its first seven shots from the field and harassed the Cougars into five turnovers before they connected on a field goal. Clark clawed back at the end of the first half and the beginning part of the second stanza to get within four at 40-36 with 17:13 left, but the WPI defense again stiffened, holding the Cougars to without a basket for a stretch of 9:35 to seal the contest. Hannmann highlighted four WPI players in double figures with 18 points while Fontaine amassed her second straight double-double and 11th of her career. The senior notched season-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Logan added 15 points while Morgan and classmate Sam Meyerhoff (Davenport, NY) anchored WPI's bench effort with 17 of 21 points tallied by reserves. Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) and Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) shared game-high honors with five assists each for the Crimson and Gray. Fontaine led all players on the day with three blocks and three steals. In the NEWMAC opener on Wednesday, Hannmann and Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) each tossed in 14 points and Fontaine notched a double-double as visiting WPI dealt Smith a 58-53 defeat. Smith had rallied from a seven point second half deficit to pull within one, but the Engineers (3-2) scored five of the final six points, including three free throws in the last 38 seconds, to seal the win. The Pioneers opened up an early 6-2 lead on a fast break layup at the 18:35 mark, but the Engineers went on a 11-4 run capped by consecutive three pointers from Fontaine and Kuhn to take a 13-10 lead. Another three from Morgan boosted the WPI lead to 16-12 at the 11:40 mark, but a Smith conventional three point play put the Pioneers back in front by one with 9:30 left in the opening half. WPI took a 30-24 lead into halftime when they scored eight points in the final three minutes, including a jumper by Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) that gave WPI a 30-22 lead, only to see a Smith jumper with five seconds left in the half. Smith tightened their grip on the game to tie the score at 42 on a jumper at the 6:42 mark. WPI then scored six straight points for a 48-42 lead, only to see a scoop shot from the Pioneers to cut the lead to 53-52 with 1:03 remaining. After Logan's jumper with 38 seconds left put WPI up 55-52, Smith missed a three with 16 seconds left that would have tied the game. McNally then hit three of four foul shots in the final 10 seconds to salt away the win. WPI heads to Springfield to take on the Pride at 7pm in a key NEWMAC contest. On Friday the team returns home for a 7pm matchup against Babson in a 2010 NEWMAC Tournament championship rematch.
Wrestling (0-0 overall)
Tyler Howe (Danbury, CT), Stephen Poppa (Derby, CT) and David Cardenas (Framingham, MA) all earned All-Tournament accolades to highlight WPI's sixth place showing Saturday at the Ted Reese Wrestling Invitational hosted by Southern Maine. It marked the final traditional weight-class tournament for the Engineers before February's NEWA Championships. Howe, ranked third in New England at 157 pounds, recorded a pair of first period pins and a major decision before dropping a tight 6-5 decision to the top-ranked grappler from Plymouth State. The senior captain is now 10-4 on the season with six pins and three victories by major decisions. Poppa earned his first-ever podium appearance by winning a pair of matches at 133 pounds, including a key third period pin. Cardenas earned his second career All-Tournament award and first since November of 2009 by winning three of five matches as 184 pounds. At heavyweight, Anthony Corbo (Port Washington, NY) distinguished himself with a 10-second pin. WPI has an extensive record book that includes dual meet results only. Of the 123 dual meet pins that were under a minute, the quickest was 11 seconds by Fred Snyderon February 14th 1968 versus Holy Cross. Corbo's 10-second pin bests fellow heavyweight and current head coach Steve Hall's quickest pin of 19 seconds but it should be noted that the Hall of Famer had five career pins under a minute while Saturday's feat was only Corbo's second. Freshman Brian Jennings (Danbury, CT) continued his strong start at 125 pounds by amassing a 3-2 record. Jennings tallied a pair of wins by pin to push his season total to three. Kenny Adams (Wilmington, MA) and Tom Lacroix (Salem, NH) collected pins at 133 and 157 respectively while Alex Freilich (Worcester, MA) registered a win in his only decision at 165. Other participants for the Engineers Saturday included Mike Perruccio (Pelham, NH) and Ethan Truong (Holbrook, MA) at 141, Matt Taber (Berkley, MA) at 149 and Garrett Yablonski (Mt. Sinai, NY) and Dylan Billings (Westminster, MA) at 197. WPI travels to Springfield on Wednesday for its first dual meet of the season. The first bout is scheduled for a 7pm start.
Men’s Swimming and Diving (2-1 Overall)
Andrew Lybarger (Decatur, GA) won six individual events including a sweep of the butterflies and was part of three relay wins as the WPI Men’s Swimming and Diving won the two-day Cardinal Invitational, hosted by Wesleyan, that concluded Sunday. The Engineers posted a 1337.5, besting Hamilton (1126), Trinity (826.5), Wesleyan (703) and Clark (649). Lybarger won the 50-yard (23.03), 100-yard (51.43) and 200-yard butterfly (1:54.80), while also taking two of the freestyle events, as he turned in a time of 21.76 in the 50-yard freestyle and 47.74 in the 100-yard freestyle. The junior also won the 100-yard backstroke with a 53.00. Five Crimson and Gray finished in the top 10 of the 500-yard freestyle. Led by Eric Spazzarini (Enfield, CT) who won with a 4:55.86, Mason Ruffing (Stone Mountain, GA) came in second (4:57.01), as Victor Puksta (Nashua, NH) followed in fourth (5:01.32), Carl Curran (Keene, NH) in fifth (5:01.98) and Nick Catano (Goffstown, NH) in 10th (5:06.60). Curran won the 400-yard IM in 4:22.72 and was joined in the top 10 by three other Engineers, Ruffing (4th - 4:25.99), Spazzarini (6th - 4:30.52) and Rob Cakounes (Chelmsford, MA) (9th - 4:33.68). James Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, NY) took the 100-yard IM (56.42). Ruffing finished second (56.59), while Lee Chaing (Lexington, MA) came in seventh (58.27). Joining Lybarger in the 100-yard butterfly top 10 were Alford Green (Portmore, Jamaica) (2nd - 53.95), Spencer Coffin (Poughkeepsie, NY) (4th - 54.45), Khalil Badran (Beirut, Lebanon) (T8th - 55.51) and Perez-Rogers (10th - 55.63). In addition to the six-time winner, Perez-Rogers (3rd - 54.55), Curran (5th - 57.13), Ruffing (6th - 57.19) and Spazzarini (7th - 57.24) posted top 10 times in the 100-yard backstroke. Chaing, Ben Collins (Newbury, MA), Badran, and Green finished fifth through eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 48.55, 49.49, 49.73 and 49.85. In the top 10 of the 200-yard butterfly was Curran (3rd - 2:05.60), Spazzarini (5th - 2:06.20) and Coffin (8th - 2:09.48). The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lybarger, Curran, Green and Chaing finished first with a 1:27.31 and narrowly beat out a team from Hamilton (1:27.64). The quartet of Lybarger, Ruffing, Cakounes and Catano completed the 400-yard medley relay first in 3:39.59. In the 200-yard medley relay, Ruffing, Cakounes, Lybarger and Chaing hit the pad first with a 1:40.13. Taking first in the 400-yard freestyle relay was the team of Nick Workman (), Ruffing, Chaing, and Catano as they swam a 3:14.50. Also swimming strong relays were the 200-yard medley team of Ruffing, Badran, Perez-Rogers, and Collins as they placed fourth with a time of 1:30.26. Perez-Rogers, Workman, Green and Cullen O’Brien (Bar Harbor, ME) posted a third place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:43.25), while the team of Perez-Rogers, O’Brien, Green and Curran finished third in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Lybarger, Ruffing, Spazzarini, and Chaing raced to a 7:23.60 for a second place showing, as Collins, Badran, Curran and Catano came in third, just under six seconds behind in the 800-yard freestyle relay. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Lybarger, Curran, Collins and Green combined for a fourth place time of 3:21.67. In the 50-yard breaststroke, Cakounes finished fourth with a 29.10, as O’Brien turned in a 29.66 for eighth place. Green and Spencer Coffin came in seventh and eighth in the 50-yard butterfly, respectively. Perez-Rogers was second in the 50-yard backstroke as he swam a 25.13. The 200-yard IM saw Ruffing in third (2:03.75) who was quickly followed by Curran in fourth (2:04.42) and Spazzarini in fifth (2:05.54) with Coffin finishing eighth (2:07.17). Chaing (2nd - 22.00), Green (5th - 22.43) and Collins (8th - 22.81) posted top 10 finishes in the 50-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard freestyle Collins, Badran and Puksta came in fourth (1:48.35), sixth (1:50.91) and seventh (1:51.09). Cakounes swam a fifth place time of 1:04.50 in the 100-yard backstroke. In the 1650-yard freestyle Catano (2nd - 17:37.18) and Curran (4th - 17:43.93) had top five races. Three Crimson and Gray were in the top of the 200-yard backstroke standings as Perez-Rogers was third (2:03.40), Spazzarini followed in fourth (2:03.84) and Ruffing in fifth (2:05.53). The 200-yard breaststroke saw Cakounes and O’Brien finish fifth (2:23.31) and 10th (2:26.98). Casey Hayes (Arundel, ME) posted scores of 144.35 in the one-meter and 190.20 in the three-meter dive portion of the program. Men’s Swimming and Diving returns to the pool when they host Regis at Clark on January 15, 2011 at 1pm.
Women’s Swimming and Diving (2-2 Overall)
Sonja Kent (West Boylston, MA) won the 400-yard IM as Women’s Swimming and Diving finished fourth at the two-day Cardinal Invitational. Wesleyan hosted the event that concluded Sunday. The Engineers score of 809.25 was behind Wesleyan (1282.5), Hamilton (1138), and Trinity (832), but ahead of conference and city-rival Clark (721). The team of Kent, Kaitlyn Kelley (Salt Lake City, UT), Alex Sans-Guerrero (Ann Arbor, MI) and Alana Aubin (Taunton, MA) completed the 800-yard freestyle relay in a time of 8:35.38, while Kent won the 400-yard IM in 4:48.97. Kent would also have a second (2:16.70) place showing in the 200-yard IM and a fourth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:23.34. The freshman also posted a fifth place time (2:21.51) in the 200-yard butterfly. Also in the top 10 of the 800-yard freestyle relay was the team of Heather Peruffo (Poughkeepsie, NY), Taylor Briseno (Mansfield, MA), Toni LaBella (Warwick, RI) and Colleen Heckley (Tyngsboro, MA) as they posted an 8:42.39 for eighth place. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Kent, Kelin Song (Providence, RI), Peruffo, and Aubin took fourth (1:45.26), while the team of Sans-Guerrero, Jess Shelsky (Nashua, NH), Kelley and Jess Lopez (Palmer, MA) finished ninth (1:48.33). Two teams were in the top ten of the 400-yard medley relay as the fourth place team of Peruffo, Amanda Blom (Wilkes-Barre, PA), Kent and Aubin combined for a 4:19.10. LaBella, Heckley, Briseno and Sans-Guerrero posted a 4:26.88 for eighth spot. Blom would go on to finish 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:18.35 and 2:48.27 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Peruffo would team with Blom, Aubin and Kelley to take fourth (1:58.65) in the 200-yard medley relay as Becca Draper (Cumberland, RI), Heckley, Kent and Sarah Dinwoodie (East Greenwich, RI) came in ninth (2:03.39). Kelley, Kelsey Thomas, Dinwoodie and Aubin turned in a sixth place time (3:54.42) in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Finishing three spots behind them was the team of Sans-Guerrero, Lopez, Kent and Peruffo with a 4:00.79. Nikole Stone (Harrisville, NH) represented WPI with a 10th (35.84) place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke, as Aubin (5th - 28.46) and Briseno (T9th - 29.33) placed in the top 10 of the 50-yard butterfly. Aubin also finished sixth (1:03.46) in the 100-yard butterfly and ninth in the 50-yard freestyle as she turned in a 26.19. The 50-yard backstroke saw four swimmers in the top seven. Peruffo hit the pad second with a 29.25, while Lauren Anderson (Bedford, MA) finished fifth (30.50), LaBella was sixth (31.54) and Song in seventh (31.71). In the 100-yard backstroke, Perfuffo (T4th - 1:04.87), Aubin (7th - 1:05.78) and LaBella (8th - 1:06.29) posted top 10 times. Later in the 200-yard backstroke four Crimson and Gray were in the top eight, Peruffo was second (2:15.81), LaBella came in fifth (2:20.45), while Song and Lopez were seventh (2:22.65) and eighth (2:23.35). Kent and Heckley would finish fifth (18:51.39) and 10th (21:32.63) in the 1650-yard freestyle. In the diving portion of the weekend, Marissa Goerke (San Diego, CA) led WPI in the one-meter as she scored a sixth place 158.20, Nica Sylvia (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) was seventh (153.70) as Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) was eighth (145.20). The three meter saw Sylvia post fifth place results (170.55), as Goerke was seventh (146.15) and McCallum was eighth (143.80). Women’s Swimming and Diving returns in January when they host Regis at Clark at 1pm on January 15, 2011.
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Chris Farren (Plaistow, NH), Jeff Baker (Wallingford, CT) and Wesley DeChristofaro (Woonsocket, RI) each qualified in a pair of events for the Division III New England Indoor Track and Field Championships as the Engineers placed fourth as a team at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday. Springfield won the meet with Westfield State and Rhode Island College rounding out the top three. Jason Reynolds (Ausable Valley, NY) won the weight throw with a 50-5.25 and was followed by Farren (2nd - 49-1.75) and Baker (3rd - 48-8) as all three have qualified for New Englands, with Reynolds also earning an ECAC nod. In the shot put, Farren took third (44-11.75) and Baker came in fourth (44-4) to become eligible in their second event. DeChristofaro made his qualifying marks as he finished second in the triple jump (43-9) and the long jump (21-20) in his first collegiate competition. Fellow freshman Edmund Eduah (Accra, Ghana) finished fifth (20-4.5) in the long jump and also qualifies for the New Englands. Rookie Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) turned in a New Englands qualifying time of 8.31 as he placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles, as junior Kyle Morette's (Leominster, MA) first place (14-11) effort in the pole vault earns him a spot in the Open New Englands. Other top finishers include Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) with a fourth place (52.84) in the 400-meter dash, Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) in the 1000-meter run (5th - 2:44.69),Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA) who finished fifth (4:41.93) in the mile run, Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) in the 3000-meter run (3rd - 9:09.29), and the 4x800 relay team of Gonzalez, Brad Bailey (Sandwich, MA), Keegan Westwater (North Andover, MA) and Thornton who posted a fourth place finish with a time of 8:52.05. The Men's Indoor Track and Field team will return to action on January 15, 2011 when they venture to Bowdoin for a tri-meet with Middlebury.
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) qualified for the ECAC Championships in the high jump and 55-meter hurdles as WPI finished fourth as a team at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday. Three others qualified for the Division III New England Championships. Springfield paced the field, while Westfield State and Rhode Island College placed second and third. Davis qualified by finishing second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.04 and second in the high jump (5-2.25). Funmi Adebayo (Medfield, MA) and Katye Milligan (Skowhegan, ME) qualified for the Division III New England Championships as they finished third (41-3.25) and fourth (40-11) in the weight throw, respectively. Also qualifying for the New England competition was Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) who ran a 1:01.79 in the 400-yard dash. WPI's top finishers also include Amira Yusif (Leominster, MA) in the 200-meter dash (4th - 29.37), Kristine Zeeb (Nashua, NH) in the 600-meter run (1:50.21), Caitlin Rush (Nashua, NH) in the 800-meter run (5th - 2:43.63), Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) in the 1000-meter run (4th - 3:31.85), Jenn Mann (Chelmsford, MA) in the 3000-meter run (3rd - 11:27.94), the 4x400 relay team of Richard, Yusif, Zeeb and Davis (4th - 4:25.72), the 4x800 relay team of Rauen, Rush, Emily Dudley (Woburn, MA) and Mann (5th - 11:10.84), Jacqui Foti (Hopkinton, NH) in the pole vault (5th - 8-6), and Sarah Cook (New Paltz, NY) in the long jump (4th - 15-2.25) and triple jump (32-2.75). Women's Indoor Track and Field are off until they head to Bowdoin for a tri-meet with Middlebury on January 15, 2011.