The Men's and Women's Cross Country squads both logged top 20 team GPAs within Division III as both squads were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams. In addition, five men and three women were recognized for their accomplishments at the NCAA Division III New England Championships and in the classroom. The women were tied for seventh overall with NEWMAC rival Smith with an impressive 3.77 GPA while the men placed 16th with a stellar 3.62 GPA.
Fitchburg State Director of Athletics and Recreation Matthew Burke announced the appointment of Scott Sperone as the school's first full-time Football Head Coach. Sperone comes to Fitchburg State after serving as the Defensive Coordinator at WPI for the past three seasons. During his tenure in Worcester, Sperone was responsible for recruiting, travel accommodations as well as serving as the liaison with the athletic trainers. He also taught physical education classes for the Engineers.
Thanks to yet another career-night for Jake Wisniewski, Men's Basketball team came away with a 86-73 victory over Wheaton Saturday afternoon. Wisniewski finished with a double-double - the sixth of his career - putting up 23 points and 13 rebounds while also adding four assists on the day. With the victory, WPI improved to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in NEWMAC action. A squad of WPI players finished in double figures, led by Wisniewski, while Reid Walker chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, Jake Needleman added 11 and John Lowther also contributed a double-double in the outing with an 11-point, 10-rebound effort, his second career double-double.
Fourteen different Women’s Basketball players finished with at least one basket in a 75-59 victory over Coast Guard Saturday afternoon. Melanie Presseau finished with a team-high 13 points and four rebounds assists for WPI while Alana Keating added 12 points and three rebounds in the victory. The Engineers (12-7, 2-2 NEWMAC) finished shooting 53.3 percent from the field while out rebounding the Bears 42-32 on the day. Alex Scariati paced all players with six assists for WPI, one off her career-high.
Jenn Brownell finished first in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 2 minutes, 24.31 seconds, posted a personal best in the 25-yard backstroke with a second-place finish of 13.80 seconds, and finished second in the 50-yard backstroke in 28.76 seconds to lead Women's Swimming and Diving to a second-place finish in the Tech Sprints Saturday. Olivia Hanson swam a personal best 2:33.47 to capture first place in the 200-yard breaststroke while Katherine Pawlak placed second in the 25-yard freestyle (11.48) and 25-yard butterfly (12.47) Julia Noel notched second in the 3-meter diving (355.75).
Sid Williams posted personal bests in the 50-yard backstroke and 25-yard backstroke, placing first in 23.01 and 10.93 seconds, respectively, and collected a second-place finishes in the 25-yard freestyle and was a part of the winning 200-yard medley team to lead Men's Swimming and Diving to a second-place finish as they hosted the Tech Sprints Saturday. Zach Denbow, Clayton Besch and Peter Fagerholm were also a part of the 200-yard medley team which placed first for the Engineers. Besch had a first-place finish in the 50-yard butterfly and Chris Nelson swept the diving events.
Men's Track and Field claimed seven top-five finishes including a first place for Johann Bradley in the pole vault as the Engineers placed fourth at the Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational. WPI started the event with a second place finish for Alex Rus in the 55 meter dash. Rus finished in a time of 51.11, just a hundredth of a second behind the event winner. Ben Steeves followed that up with a second place finish in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:22.17, while Nate Meyer placed fifth in the same event in a time of 1:24.07.
Women's Track and Field earned five top-five finishes, including a victory in the mile by Sydney Packard, as the Crimson and Gray finished fifth with 47 points at the Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational. Janelle Knight got the Engineers on the board first with a second place finish in the 200 meter dash. Knight crossed the line in a time of 26.51. Lauren Kaija followed that up with a second place finish of her own in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.84 while Charlotte Kokernak and Lora Dufresne placed seventh and eighth in the same even with times of 2:23.86 and 2:25.76.
157-pounder Chase Lind was victorious in both of his matches Saturday to highlight WPI wrestling's performance in its final home super quad of the season. The Crimson and Gray competed twice, falling in matches to Southern Maine and Brockport that were ultimately decided by the final bout. Lind won the middle match of the five-bout surge against the Huskies when he delivered a 9-0 major decision and he racked up the points early during a 16-1 tech fall (2:12) versus Brockport.
Wednesday features a home doubleheader with the Men entertaining Clark at 5:30pm and the Women hosting MIT on Wednesday at 7:30pm. Men’s Basketball is also home on Saturday, squaring off with Coast Guard at 2pm in Harrington Auditorium, Additionally Saturday’s schedule includes Track and Field at the Tufts Cupid Invitational starting at 9am and Wrestling taking on NYU and Bridgewater State at the Coast Guard super quad at 1pm and 3pm and Women’s Basketball venturing to Smith for a 3pm tipoff.
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Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week
Jake Wisniewski - Basketball - Senior - West Brookfield, MA
Jake Wisniewski of the basketball team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 2nd. Wisniewski delivered his third career high in points in his last five games as WPI defeated Wheaton 86-73 on Saturday. The senior finished with a double-double - the sixth of his career - putting up 23 points and 13 rebounds while also adding four assists on the day. The reigning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year averaged 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, shooting 54.5% from the field during a 1-1 week for the Crimson and Gray.
Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week
Jenn Brownell - Swimming and Diving- Sophomore - Spring, TX
Jenn Brownell from the swimming and diving team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 2nd. Brownell captured the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 2 minutes, 24.31 seconds, registered a personal best in the 25-yard backstroke with a second-place finish of 13.80 seconds, and placed second in the 50-yard backstroke in 28.76 seconds to lead the WPI women's swimming and diving team to a second-place finish in the Tech Sprints Saturday.
Men’s Basketball (15-4 overall, 6-2 NEWMAC)
Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
1/28 - Lowther Earns WACBA Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week Honor
1/29 - Men’s Basketball Drops Decision to Springfield in Matchup of NEWMAC Co-Leaders
2/1 - Wisniewski Carries Men's Basketball to NEWMAC Home Victory Over Wheaton
Women’s Basketball (12-7 overall, 2-2 NEWMAC)
Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
1/29 - Women's Basketball Falls to Wellesley in Defensive-Minded Contest
2/1 - Presseau and Keating Key Balanced Effort as Women's Basketball Bests Coast Guard
Wrestling (6-13 overall)
Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-8 overall)
Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-8 overall)
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Results Since Last Report
Wednesday, January 29
Springfield 84, Men’s Basketball 66
Wellesley 34, Women’s Basketball 32
Friday, January 29 - Saturday, February 1
Men’s Track and Field - 4th place at Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - 5th place at Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational
Saturday, February 1
Men’s Basketball 86, Wheaton 73
Women’s Basketball 75, Coast Guard 59
Southern Maine 24, Wrestling 22
Brockport 26, Wrestling 17
Men’s Swimming and Diving - 2nd Place in Tech Sprints
Women’s Swimming and Diving - 2nd Place in Tech Sprints
Next Week's Games
Wednesday, February 5
Clark at Men’s Basketball 5:30pm
MIT at Women’s Basketball 7:30pm
Saturday, February 8
Track and Field at Tufts Cupid Invitational 10:00am
Wrestling vs. Bridgewater State and NYU at Coast Guard 11:00am
Coast Guard at Men’s Basketball 2:00pm
Women’s Basketball at Smith 2:00pm