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February 25, 2020

Five top-10 finishes Sunday propelled Women’s Swimming and Diving team to a third place team finish in the NEWMAC Championship at MIT.  The third place finish marked the second best finish for the team, bested only by their second place finish at home in 2017. The 400 Free Relay team comprised of Molly SykesKatherine PawlakKimberly Hazeltine and Audrey Berner ended the night with a bang notching a school record time of 3:33.29 for a sixth place finish. The Engineers finished the meet with 649 points, good for third place, up three spots from last season.

Another NCAA B cut time, and a third place relay finish helped Men's Swimming and Diving to third place in the NEWMAC Championships Sunday night in Cambridge. After a pair of fifth place finishes on Saturday, Kyle Staubi took second in the 200 Back final in a time of 1:49.32 Sunday notching an NCAA B cut time in the process.  The Engineers finished the meet with 868.5 points, good for third place for the fourth straight year.  The 1650 Free featured four different swimmers representing the Crimson and Gray as Markus Zimmermann raced to a sixth place finish, clocking in at 16:26.73 

A 22-0 second quarter for Women's Basketball paved the way for a 68-36 victory by the Engineers over host Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC action on Saturday afternoon. The win, coupled with Babson's victory over Coast Guard, clinches a spot in next week's NEWMAC tournament for the Engineers (14-11, 4-6 NEWMAC).  The seventh-seeded Crimson and Gray will travel to second-seeded Springfield for a 7pm quarterfinal contest on Wednesday. Senior Spencer Vinson led the Engineers with 12 points, and Emily Raynowska scored 10 points off the bench.

Edward HayDavid Gibson and Nikolaos Diakides all placed third as the Wrestling competed in the New England Wrestling Association Futures Tournament hosted by Western New England on Saturday. As a team, the Engineers compiled 46.5 points to place fifth in the 15-team event.  Roger Williams took the title with 141 points while Johnson & Wales (133.5) edged Springfield (129.5) for second place. Hay amassed 17.5 team points at 157 pounds, leading the Crimson and Gray in scoring. 

A school record run, a pair of efforts that resulted in New England Championship qualifying marks and 24 top-five finishes highlight the Men's and Women's Track and Field’s effort at the Springfield Triangle Classic on Saturday. The school record effort came in the women's 1000m run where WPI finished first through fifth and Sydney Packard raced her way to a 2:52.70 finish demolishing her own school record while also establishing a new facility and an unofficial DIII track & field all-time best performance. The WPI women are No. 14 nationally while the Engineer men are fifth in New England. 

The winter championship season is in full force this week.  Women’s Basketball kicks it off Wednesday with a 7pm NEWMAC Quarterfinal at Springfield while Men’s Basketball hosts Babson in a NEWMAC Semifinal on Friday at 7pm.  Track and Field competes in the New England Division III Championships Friday and Saturday with the men venturing to Springfield and the women heading to Middlebury while Wrestling travels to Rhode Island College for the NCAA Northeast Regional Saturday and Sunday.  And if you love Spring, it’s here as Baseball hosts Brandeis Saturday at noon (weather permitting) at the New England Baseball Complex. 

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty
 


 

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Sid Williams - Swimming and Diving - Sophomore - Fairfax, VA

Sid Williams of the swimming and diving team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 23rd.  Williams logged three top seven finishes at this weekend’s NEWMAC Championships.  The junior placed second Saturday in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 49.29 and missing out on the championship title by just .04 seconds.  Williams also turned in the best individual placement on the day for WPI on Friday, finishing sixth in the 50 freestyle in a time of 20.67 and was seventh in the 100 freestyle finals on Sunday with a time of 45.52.    

Women’s Student-Athletes of the Week

Jillian Clemente - Swimming and Diving - Senior - Killingworth, CT

Jillian Clemente from the swimming and diving team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 23rd.  Clemente highlighted a strong NEWMAC Championships performance by earning silver in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.41.  The junior also placed sixth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:09.38 and 12th overall in the 500 freestyle finals (5:14.26) to help the Engineers finish third at the event, their second best showing in NEWMAC Championship history.

 


Men’s Basketball (19-6 overall, 10-4 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/18 - Wisniewski Collects Second NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week Accolade of the Season
2/19 - No. 21 Men's Basketball Falls to No. 15 Springfield 80-64 on Senior Night
2/22 - No. 21 Men’s Basketball Toppled by MIT in Regular Season Finale

 

Women’s Basketball (14-11 overall, 4-6 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/19 - Women's Basketball Edged by Emerson in Home Regular Season Finale
2/22 - Women’s Basketball Clinches NEWMAC Tournament Spot with Triumph at Mount Holyoke

 

Wrestling (8-15 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/22 - Hay, Gibson, Diakides All Finish Third as Wrestling Places Fifth at NEWA Futures Tournament

 

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

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/20 - Relays Deliver Swimming and Diving a Strong Start at NEWMAC Championships
2/21 - Williams, 200 Free Relay Excel for Men's Swimming and Diving on Day Two of NEWMACs
2/22 - Besch and Williams Shine on Day Three of NEWMACs for Men’s Swimming and Diving
2/23 - 400 Free Relay Sets School Record as Women's Swimming and Diving Take Third at NEWMACs

 

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

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/20 - Relays Deliver Swimming and Diving a Strong Start at NEWMAC Championships
2/21 - Sykes, 200 Free Relay Set Records for Women's Swimming & Diving on Day Two of NEWMACs
2/22 - Clemente, Sykes Star for Women’s Swimming and Diving on Day Three of NEWMACs
2/23 - Staubi Snags Silver as Men's Swimming and Diving Places Third at NEWMAC Championships

 

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/22 - Track and Field Combines for 24 Top Five Finishes at Springfield's Triangle Classic  

 

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/22 - Track and Field Combines for 24 Top Five Finishes at Springfield's Triangle Classic

 

Baseball (0-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
1/17 - Larson Draws Preseason First Team All-America Accolades from D3Baseball.com
2/6 - 2020 Baseball Schedule Announced

 


Results Since Last Report                                   

Wednesday, February 19
Springfield 80, Men’s Basketball 64
Emerson 63, Women’s Basketball 60 

Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23
Men’s Swimming & Diving - 3rd place at NEWMAC Championships
Women’s Swimming & Diving - 3rd place at NEWMAC Championships 

Saturday, February 22
MIT 59, Men’s Basketball 55
Women’s Basketball 68, Mount Holyoke 36
Wrestling - 5th place at NEWA Futures Tournament
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Springfield Triangle Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Springfield Triangle Invitational
 

Next Week's Games                         

Wednesday, February 26
Women’s Basketball at Springfield (NEWMAC Quarterfinals)        7:00 

Friday, February 28
Babson at Men’s Basketball (NEWMAC Semifinals)                      7:00
Women’s Basketball at Smith or Emerson (NEWMAC Semifinals)  7:00
Men’s Track and Field at DIII New England’s (at Springfield)        Day One
Women’s Track and Field at DIII New England’s (at Middlebury)   Day One 

Saturday, February 29
Brandeis at Baseball                                                                 Noon
Wrestling at NCAA Northeast Regional (at RIC)                           Day One
Men’s Track and Field at DIII New England’s (at Springfield)        Day One
Women’s Track and Field at DIII New England’s (at Middlebury)   Day One 

Sunday, March 1
Men’s Basketball in NEWMAC Championship                               TBA
Women’s Basketball in NEWMAC Championship                          TBA
Wrestling at NCAA Northeast Regional (at RIC)                          Day Two