WPI Athletics Weekly Update (Week of 1/7/19 - 1/13/19)
Department(s):Sports & Recreation
Jack Bauer won a pair of events as nationally-ranked Men’s Swimming and Diving defeated host Franklin & Marshall, 143-118, and Susquhanna, 177-84, in a double dual Sunday at the Kunkel Aquatics Center McGinness Pool. The Engineers, who are currently No. 18 in the CSCAA national poll, improve to 10-2 on the year and push head coach Paul Bennett ahead of Whit Griffith in all-time men’s wins with 113. Bauer swept the butterfly events with a 51.39 in the 100 and a 1:57.96 in the 200. He also collaborated with Dave Chen, Jackson Perry and Jean Philippe Miralda to take the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:34.35, an improvement of nearly a second from their winning-time 24 hours earlier.
Sydney Seo, Katherine Pawlak and Molly Sykes each had the fastest individual times in a pair of events while Women's Swimming won all but three events in a 149.5-107.5 victory over Stevens Saturday afternoon at the DeBaun Aquatic Center Pool. The Engineers (8-7), the ninth-ranked team in the region and receiving a vote in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) national poll, split a double dual at Franklin & Marshall with Susquehanna on Sunday.
Sophomores Kahleb Downing, Dakota Wheeler and Ethan Harrell teamed up to score 30 bench points as host Men’s Basketball held off Coast Guard, 71-68, in a NEWMAC matchup Saturday afternoon inside Harrington Auditorium. The Engineers, who honored the program's teams that made an appearance in the NCAA tournament, moved to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in conference contests.
Dan Wensley won all three of his matches and Nick Day recorded a match-clinching pin to defeat nationally-ranked Roger Williams as Wrestling posted a 2-1 record Saturday in a home quad. The Engineers began the day by defeating Trinity 40-3 then knocked off No. 18 Roger Williams 23-17 before falling to No. 25 RIT 27-7. In the middle match against the Hawks, WPI found itself looking at 14-11 deficit with just three bouts remaining. Wensley, ranked fifth nationally at 184 pounds, was ahead in his match but was able to pin his opponent in the final seconds (6:57) to put the Crimson and Gray ahead 17-14. After the Hawks evened the match with a victory by decision at 197, Day took center stage for the hosts, pinning his opponent late in the first period (2:45) to give WPI the victory.
Ryan Wittenberg and Oliver Thomas each set a new school and facility record as Men's Indoor Track & Field team opened the 2019 season with a first place finish Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational. The Engineers, who entered the meet ranked 41st in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III preseason national rating index, accumulated 216 points while the hosts were second with 148. Carley Dykstra and Xandria Korn, as well as, the 4x800-meter relay struck gold as Women's Indoor Track & Field team took second. The hosts totaled 176 points for the team title as the Engineers, who are ranked 17th in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III preseason national rating index, totaled 146.
Join us in Harrington Auditorium on Wednesday evening for a home Basketball doubleheader. Women’s Basketball opens the twinbill squaring off with Springfield at 6pm while Men’s Basketball hosts Emerson at 8pm. Swimming and Diving makes its 2019 New England debut Wednesday at 6:30pm with a double-dual at UMass Dartmouth while Track and Field is at the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday and Wrestling competes Sunday in the NEWA Duals in Providence.
Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark
Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week
Oliver Thomas - Track & Field - Sophomore - Goffstown, NH
Oliver Thomas from the track & field team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 13th. The sophomore was one of two Engineers to set a school and facility record Saturday in the team’s season debut at the Bowdoin Invitational as he reset his own standard with an 8.18 in the 60-meter hurdles. The time is the best in Division III New England so far this season and is also tied for sixth on the NEICAAA (All-New England All-Divisions) and NCAA Division III performance lists.
Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week
Carley Dykstra - Track & Field - Senior - Andover, NJ
Carley Dykstra of the track & field team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 13th. The senior achieved a personal-best clearance of 11-2.5 in the pole vault this past weekend at the Bowdoin Invitational. In addition to being tied for 16th on the NCAA Division III leaderboard, the height is fifth in Division III New England and 18th among all NCAA student-athletes in the region.
Men’s Basketball (11-4 overall, 2-2 NEWMAC)
Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
1/9 - O’Donnell Shines in First Career Start to Help Men’s Basketball Snap Skid
1/12 - Sophomores Shine as Men’s Basketball Holds Off NEWMAC Foe Coast Guard
Women’s Basketball (7-7 overall, 2-5 NEWMAC)
Wrestling (7-7 overall)
Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-2 overall)
Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/12 - Relays Bookend Men’s Swimming Victory over Stevens in Nationally-Ranked Dual
1/13 - Bennett Surpasses Griffith as Men’s Swimming Sweeps Franklin & Marshall and Susquehanna
Women’s Swimming and Diving (8-6 overall)
Schedule and Results | Roster | News
1/12 - Seo, Pawlak & Sykes Fuel Women’s Swimming’s Convincing Triumph at Stevens
1/13 - Harter and Sykes Lead Women’s Swimming to Split with Susquehanna and Franklin & Marshall
Men’s Track and Field
Women’s Track and Field
Last Week's Results
Tuesday, January 8
Smith 68, Women’s Basketball 48
Wednesday, January 9
Men’s Basketball 70, Wheaton 46
Coast Guard 29, Wrestling 12
Thursday, January 10
Clark 56, Women’s Basketball 50
Saturday, January 12
Men’s Basketball 71, Coast Guard 68
Wrestling 40, Trinity 3
Wrestling 23, Roger Williams 17
RIT 27, Wrestling 7
Men’s Swimming and Diving 146, Stevens 116
Women’s Swimming and Diving 149.5, Stevens 107.5
Men’s Track and Field - 1st place at Bowdoin Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - 2nd place at Bowdoin Invitational
Sunday, January 13
Men’s Swimming and Diving 143, Franklin & Marshall 118
Men’s Swimming and Diving 177, Susquehanna 84
Franklin & Marshall 142, Women’s Swimming and Diving 119
Women’s Swimming and Diving 138, Susquehanna 123
This Week’s Games
Wednesday, January 16
Springfield at Women’s Basketball 6:00
Emerson at Men’s Basketball 8:00
Swimming and Diving at UMass Dartmouth with Wheaton 6:30
Saturday, January 19
Women’s Basketball at Wellesley 1:00
Men’s Basketball at Clark 3:00
Track and Field at Wheaton Invitational 3:30
Sunday, January 20
Wrestling at NEWA Duals (hosted by Johnson & Wales) 10:00am