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WPI Athletics Update (Week of 02/18/19-02/24/19)

February 26, 2019

Oliver Thomas won the 60-meter hurdle title as Men's Track & Field team placed third at the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Championships hosted by MIT. It is the program's best indoor finish and second only to the 1987 outdoor championship team overall. Thomas' 8.08 also serves as a new school record and the fourth-ranked time on the NCAA Division III performance list. Ben Steevesset a personal best with a 1:21.76 in the 600-meter run and was called upon as a substitute in the All-New England 4x400m (third) and distance medley (sixth).

Carley DykstraSydney Packard and Katy Nippert each won an individual title as Women's Track & Field team placed eighth at the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Championships hosted by Bowdoin. It is the best team finish since tying for eighth at the 2003 meet while the 44.5 points is the most in program history.  Dykstra secured the pole vault title with a clearance of 12-2 while Packard claimed the 800-meter run in a new Farley Field House record time of 2:12.87 and Nippert leaped 18-3 for top billing in the long jump.

Jack Bauer was selected as the NEWMAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year as the 2019 conference championship meet came to a close Sunday night in the Sports & Recreation Center. As a team, the Engineers placed third with 857 points.  Bauer, who previously claimed 2015-16 Rookie of the Year and 2016-17 Co-Swimmer of the Year hardware, completed the backstroke sweep for the second consecutive year with a NEWMAC open and meet record, as well as a WPI record, with a B cut and 2018 NCAA invited time of 1:45.17 in the 200.

Women's swimming & diving team placed sixth at the 2019 NEWMAC Championship which was held in the Sports & Recreation Center Thursday through Sunday. Katherine Pawlak notched a third-place, and school record, 23.89 in the 50-yard freestyle and Molly Sykes made a trio of individual A final appearances for the Engineers. Individually, the pair accounted for nearly 100 of the team’s 605 points, which was good for sixth in the 10-team competition.

Tyler Marsh became WPI’s first champion in a regional qualifier since 2004 and Michael Curtis also qualified for the national championship to highlight a busy day two for the Engineers Sunday at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Wrestling Championships hosted by Johnson & Wales. The strong Sunday showing propelled the Engineers, who began the day in sixth place, into fourth with 84.5 points. Marsh becomes WPI’s first champion at a national qualifier since Joe Moskowitz won the same 157-pound weight class at the NECCWA Tournament 15 years ago. 

Colin McNamara drained an off-balance 14-foot jumper as time expired to lift fifth-seeded Men’s Basketball to a pulsating 55-53 victory over top-seed and seventh-ranked MIT in a NEWMAC Men's Tournament semifinal contest on Thursday evening.  With the victory, and as a result of a 70-66 win at Babson on Tuesday, WPI advanced to its second straight NEWMAC Tournament championship game.  McNamara finished with game-highs of 13 points and four assists for WPI.  Jake Wisniewski was other double figure scorer for the guests with 11 points of 4-of-5 shooting the floor.

The spring season is upon us.  Baseball and Softball kickoff their Spring Break trips Sunday with Baseball squaring off against Penn State Fayette in a doubleheader in Auburbdale, FL and Softball facing Simmons and Bluffton (OH) in Plant City, FL.  Also this weekend, select Track and Field athletes compete in the Tufts Last Chance Meet on Saturday.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark



Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Jack Bauer - Swimming & Diving - Senior - Cumberland, RI

Jack Bauer of the swimming & diving team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 24th. The 2019 NEWMAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year set conference meet and open records, as well as, school records to lead the team to a third-place finish this past weekend. Nationally, the senior ranks first in the 100 back and second in the 200 back while the 400 medley relay is 10th, the 200 medley relay is 13th and the 800 free relay is 20th.

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Molly Sykes - Swimming & Diving - Freshman - Falmouth, MA

Molly Sykes from the swimming & diving team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 24th. Sykes accounted for 48 individual points at the 2019 NEWMAC Championships this past weekend. The freshman appeared in three A finals, finishing sixth in the 200-yard IM (2:10.44), seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:30.49) and eighth in the 400-yard IM (4:39.58). Sykes also contributed on the 800 free, 400 medley, 200 medley A relays.



Men’s Basketball (19-9 overall, 8-6 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/19 - Sophomores Send Men’s Basketball to 16th Consecutive NEWMAC Semifinal Appearance
2/21 - McNamara's Heroics Send Men's Basketball Past No. 7 MIT to the NEWMAC Title Game
2/23 - Men's Basketball Falls Short in NEWMAC Tournament Championship Game


Wrestling (10-9 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/23 - Marsh and Wensley Advance to Semifinals as Five Alive For Wrestling at NCAA Regionals
2/24 - Marsh Captures Title, Curtis Heads to Nationals as Wrestling Takes Fourth at Regionals


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

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/21 - Men’s Swimming & Diving 800 Free Relay Highlights First Session of 2019 NEWMACs
2/22 - 400 Medley Relay Surges as Men’s Swimming & Diving Moves Up in NEWMAC Standings
2/23 - Bauer Threepeats as Men’s Swimming & Diving Concludes Third Day of NEWMACs
2/24 - Bauer Earns Top Billing as Men’s Swimming & Diving Takes Third at NEWMAC Championship


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

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/21 - Men’s Swimming & Diving 800 Free Relay Highlights First Session of 2019 NEWMACs
2/22 - Pawlak Shines as Women’s Swimming & Diving Concludes First Full Day of NEWMACs
2/23 - Women’s Swimming & Diving Concludes Penultimate Day of NEWMAC Championships
2/24 - Women’s Swimming & Diving Finishes Sixth at NEWMAC Championship


Men’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/23 - Thomas Earns Gold as Men’s Track & Field Places Third at DIII NE Championships


Women’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
2/23 - Dykstra, Packard & Nippert Earn Titles as Women’s Track & Field Eighth at DIII NE Champs


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

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
2/4 - Baseball's 2019 Slate Revealed


Softball (0-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
2/4 - 2019 Softball Schedule Announced



Last Week's Results

Tuesday, February 19
Men’s Basketball 70, Babson 66 (NEWMAC Quarterfinals)

Thursday, February 21
Men’s Basketball 55, MIT 53 (NEWMAC Semifinals)

Thur., Feb. 21 - Sun., Feb. 24
Men’s Swimming & Diving - 3rd place in NEWMAC Championships
Women’s Swimming & Diving - 6th place in NEWMAC Championships

Fri., Feb. 22 - Sat., Feb. 23
Men’s Track at Field - 3rd place at New England Division 3 Championships
Women’s Track at Field - 8th place at New England Division 3 Championships 

Saturday, February 23
Emerson 93, Men’s Basketball 75 (NEWMAC Championship)

Sat., Feb. 23 - Sun., Feb. 24
Wrestling - 4th place at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Johnson & Wales)


This Week’s Games

Saturday, March 2
Track and Field at Tufts Last Chance Meet TBA

Sunday, March 3
Baseball vs. Penn State Fayette (DH) (at Central Florida) 9:45am
Softball vs. Simmons (at Plant City, FL) 10:00am
Softball vs. Bluffton (OH) (at Plant City, FL) 12:15