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Weekly Athletic Update (1/20-1/26)

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January 27, 2020

Women's Swimming and Diving claimed its second straight winning season and eighth consecutive season of a .500 record or better after three wins last week.  Men’s Swimming and Diving also recorded three victories to secure its eighth consecutive winning season.  The Engineers got a boost from their divers as Julia Noël and Chris Nelson combined for seven victories in eight events.

Women’s Track and Field saw Sydney Packard claimed the fastest time in all of Division III (2:14.19) with her victory in the 800 meters at the Wheaton Invitational Teammate Grace Hadley took fourth in 2:20.47 while Lauren Kaija finished fifth in 2:21.32.  Alex Rus (200 meters - 23.01), Tom Hanlon (1,000 meters - 2:33.12), David Reynolds (5,000 meters - 15:08.91) and Johann Bradley (Pole Vault - 14.7.25) all won their events for Men’s Track and Field.

Men's Basketball saw four players record double figures led by 15 points from Colin McNamara as the Engineer pulled away in the second half for a 75-57 victory over Clark Saturday in NEWMAC action.  With the win, WPI improves to 14-3 on the season and 5-1 in the conference play.  Jake Wisniewski chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.  The game was originally schedule to be played on Boynton Hill but a needed repair in Harrington Auditorium necessitated the chance of venue and, as a result, the two teams will now play at WPI instead of Clark on Wednesday, February 5th.

Women's Basketball saw four players tally double figures led by 14 off the bench from Emily Raynowska as the Engineers defeated Clark 67-54 in NEWMAC action on Wednesday. The game was the first-ever basketball contest played in WPI's Sports and Rec Center  With the victory, the Engineers improve to 11-5 on the year and 1-0 in the NEWMAC, while the Cougars slip to 4-13 overall and 0-2 I the league with the loss.  Raynowska connected on 7-of-10 from the floor to lead WPI and added seven rebounds including four on the offensive glass.  

The trio of Chris CookTyler Marsh and Tyler Riggs teamed up to win all eight of their bouts Saturday as Wrestling competed at the Roger Williams quad.  The Engineers posted a 42-15 victory in its final match over Trinity after dropping a 31-16 decision to Johnson & Wales and a 24-12 verdict to the host Hawks.  Chase Lind also won twice on the day and David Gibson and Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld collected back-to-back first period pins at 184 and 197 respectively against the Bantams. 

Saturday will have a winter Homecoming feel to it as nearly all the teams compete at home.  Swimming and Diving gets the busy day started at 9am with the morning session of the Tech Sprints.  Finals begin at 4pm.  Wrestling hosts a Super Quad in the Sports and Recreation Center beginning at 11am while Basketball has a doubleheader in Harrington with the women facing Coast Guard at 1pm and the men squaring off with Wheaton at 3pm.  Track and Field competes this weekend in the Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty
 


 

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Chris Nelson - Swimming and Diving - Senior - Millbury, MA

Chris Nelson from the Swimming and Diving team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 26th.  Nelson won three of his four diving events this week as the Engineers went 3-0 en route to securing its eighth straight winning season.  The senior began with a win in the 3-meter diving (197.09) and a victory on the 1-meter board (207.74) versus Clark on Tuesday.  On Saturday against Norwich, Nelson continued his strong week with a triumph in 3-meter diving (193.75) and a second place finish in 1-meter diving (197.60).

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Sydney Packard - Track and Field - Senior - Georgetown, MA

Sydney Packard of the track and field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 26th.  The senior, a two-time returning indoor All-American, staked her claim has a national championship contender when he posted the best time in Division III this season when she clocked a time of 2:14.19 in the 800 meters at the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday.  Packard placed third in the event at the 2018 NCAA Championships as s sophomore and finished seventh last year as a junior.

 


Men’s Basketball (14-3 overall, 5-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
1/22 - Wisniewski's Career Night Leads Men’s Basketball Past Emerson 87-64
1/25 - Fearsome Foursome Delivers Men's Basketball to Fourth Straight NEWMAC Road Victory

 

Women’s Basketball (11-6 overall, 1-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
1/22 - Raynowska Sparks Women's Basketball in NEWMAC Opening Triumph Over Clark
1/25 - Tough Third Quarter Dooms Women's Basketball in Loss at Babson

 

Wrestling (6-11 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/25 - Cook, Marsh and Riggs Go Undefeated for Wrestling at Roger Williams Quad

 

Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/21 - Nelson Leads Balanced Effort as Men's Swimming and Diving Knocks Off Clark 
1/25 - Saturday Sweep - Men's Swimming and Diving Notches Victories at Hartwick and Norwich

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/21 - Noël Leads Sweep as Women's Swimming and Diving Bests Clark
1/25 - Double Trouble - Women's Swimming and Diving Post Saturday Wins at Hartwick and Norwich

 

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/25 - Rus, Hanlon, Reynolds and Bradley Among Winners for Men's Track and Field at Wheaton

 

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/25 - Packard Clocks Best D3 Time This Season to Highlight Women's Track and Field at Wheaton
 


Results Since Last Report

Tuesday, January 21
Men’s Swimming and Diving 148, Clark 75
Women’s Swimming and Diving 153, Clark 70 

Wednesday, January 22
Men’s Basketball 87, Emerson 64
Women’s Basketball 67, Clark 54                                             

Saturday, January 25
Men’s Basketball 75, Clark 57
Babson 61, Women’s Basketball 37
Johnson & Wales 31, Wrestling 16
Roger Williams 24, Wrestling 12
Wrestling 42, Trinity 15
Men’s Swimming and Diving 161, Hartwick 127
Women’s Swimming and Diving 162, Hartwick 121
Men’s Swimming and Diving 149, Norwich 135
Women’s Swimming and Diving 146, Norwich 127
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Wheaton Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Wheaton Invitational
 

Next Week's Games

Tuesday, January 21
Swimming and Diving at Clark                                                   6:30 

Wednesday, January 29 
Women’s Basketball at Wellesley                                                7:00
Men’s Basketball at Springfield                                                   7:30 

Friday, January 31
Track and Field at Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational/Multi      4:00 

Saturday, February 1
Swimming and Diving hosts Tech Sprints                               9am/4:00
Track and Field at Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational/Multi       9:00am
Wrestling hosts Home Super Quad                                          11:00am
Coast Guard at Women’s Basketball                                        1:00
Wheaton at Men’s Basketball                                                   3:00