Weekly Athletic Update (02/11-02/17)

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February 18, 2019

Presented annually, the President's IQP Awards are given to student teams whose IQP work is determined to be outstanding in its focus on science, technology, and society. This year's winning team featured women's rowers Kylie Dickinson and Sarah St. Pierre and baseball's Tyler Weiss. Women's soccer's Sierra Palmer was a member of the runner up team and other finalists included women's swimming & diving's Stephanie Marcucci and recent men's track & field graduate Thomas Mackintosh.

Women's Cross Country tied for fifth in Division III and eighth across all three NCAA divisions with a 3.78 GPA as both squads were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams. Additionally five women and four men were recognized for their efforts at the NCAA Division III New England Championships and in the classroom.

Sophomores Matt AdilettaOliver Thomas and Johann Bradley each collected a victory as Men's Track & Field took part in Saturday's non-scoring Springfield Invitational.  Adiletta was first in the 60-meter dash with a 7.04 in the final while Thomas was third with a Division III New England qualifying time of 7.13. Thomas claimed the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.21 while junior Fabian Gaziano sprinted to an even nine seconds in the prelims and Bradley once again cleared 14-11 in the pole vault.

Carley Dykstra and Katy Nippert each set a school record and Janelle Knight won an event as Women's Track & Field team competed Saturday at the Springfield Invitational.  Dykstra once again reset the standard in the pole vault, this time with a height of 12-6.25 to place second and rank sixth on the NCAA Division III performance list. Nippert bettered her own record twice in the long jump with an 18-4 and then an 18-6.5 to rank ninth. Knight won the 60-meter dash in a time of 8.03.

Eddie Hay reached the championship round at 157 pounds and Dan Aksman placed fourth at 174 to highlight Wrestling’s at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Futures Tournament hosted by Trinity on Sunday.  As a team the Engineers racked up 54 points en route to finishing sixth in the 14-team event. 

Championships begins this week for the winter season.  Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving hosts the NEWMAC Championships Thursday-Sunday in the Sports & Recreation Center.  Action begins at 4pm Thursday. Morning preliminaries start at 10am and championships sessions at 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Men’s Basketball opens play in the NEWMAC Tournament on Tuesday, traveling to Babson for a 7pm quarterfinal match-up. Track and Field takes part in the New England Division III Championships (Men at MIT and Women at Bowdoin) on Friday and Saturday while Wrestling heads to Johnson & Wales for the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional on Saturday and Sunday.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Eddie Hay - Wrestling - Freshman - Bangor, PA

Eddie Hay from the wrestling team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 17th. Hay was dominant on his way to silver at 157 at Sunday’s NEWA Futures Tournament.  The freshman amassed a late second period pin, a pair of tech falls by shutout and a narrow 8-7 win by decision before dropping the championship bout.

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Katy Nippert - Track & Field - Sophomore - Salem, NH

Katy Nippert of the track & field team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 17th. Nippert bettered her own record twice in the long jump with an 18-4 and then an 18-6.5 Saturday at Springfield. The first leap tied for 12th while the second is currently sixth on the NCAA Division III performance list. The sophomore also placed ninth at the meet with a time of 8.24 in the 60-meter dash finals after posting an 8.17 in the prelims.

Men’s Basketball (17-8 overall, 8-6 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/13 - Springfield Sneaks Past Men’s Basketball in Penultimate Game of Regular Season
2/16 - McNamara’s Career Day Foiled as Nationally-Ranked MIT Holds off Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball (10-14 overall, 5-11 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/13 - Engineers Roar Back in Third but Women’s Basketball Falls to Emerson on the Road
2/16 - Paul Nets Nine as Women’s Basketball’s Season Concludes on Senior Day Versus Babson

Wrestling (10-9 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/17 - Hay Finishes Second, Aksman Fourth for WPI Wrestling at NEWA Futures Tournament

Men’s Swimming and Diving (14-2 overall)

Schedule and Results Roster | News
Hosts the NEWMAC Championships from Thursday, February 21st - Sunday, February 24th

Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-7 overall)

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/4 - Pawlak Named NEWMAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week
Hosts the NEWMAC Championships from Thursday, February 21st - Sunday, February 24th​

Men’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/12 - Wittenberg Named Track & Field's First-Ever USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week
2/16 - Adiletta, Thomas & Bradley Earn Top Billing as Men’s Track & Field Competes at Springfield

Women’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/16 - Dykstra, Nippert and Knight Highlight Women’s Track & Field at Springfield

 

Last Week's Results

Wednesday, February 13
Emerson 61, Women’s Basketball 55
Springfield 74, Men’s Basketball 67 

Saturday, February 16
MIT 84, Men’s Basketball 81
Babson 67, Women’s Basketball 44
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Springfield Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Springfield Invitational 

Sunday, February 17 Wrestling
Sixth Place at NEWA Futures Tournament

This Week’s Games

Tuesday, February 19
Men’s Basketball at Babson (NEWMAC Quarterfinals) 7:00 

Thursday, February 21
Swimming & Diving hosts NEWMAC Championships 4:00
Men’s Basketball in NEWMAC Semifinals 7:00 

Friday, February 22
Swimming & Diving hosts NEWMAC Championships 10am & 6:00
Men’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at MIT) Day One
Women’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at Bowdoin) Day One 

Saturday, February 23
Swimming & Diving hosts NEWMAC Championships 10am & 6:00
Men’s Basketball in NEWMAC Championship 1:00
Wrestling at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Johnson & Wales) Day One
Men’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at MIT) Day Two
Women’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at Bowdoin) Day Two 

Sunday, February 24
Swimming & Diving hosts NEWMAC Championships 10am & 6:00
Wrestling at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Johnson & Wales) Day Two