Women's Rowing varsity eight broke the school record twice and took third in the grand final at the 2018 National Invitational Rowing Championship on Lake Quinsigamond. The third-ranked crew defeated No. 4 Wesleyan, No. 10 William Smith, and three others with a then-school record 6:30.211 in the morning. No. 1 Bates won the grand final in a time of 6:24.113, followed by No. 2 Ithaca (6:27.126) and, with a new program record 6:28.145, WPI. Wesleyan, No. 9 Tufts and No. t-6 Williams were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. WPI awaits word on a possible selection to the NCAA Championships. The selection show on NCAA.com is on Monday at 7pm with the championship scheduled for Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.
Men's Rowing's varsity eight closed its season by placing sixth at the National Invitational Rowing Championship held Friday on Lake Quinsigamond. The second varsity eight was the runner up in the petite final as the third varsity eight was sixth. The Engineers (5:56.064) bested Hamilton (5:57.652), Trinity (5:58.036) and Colby (6:03.828) but were second to Hobart (5:51.600) the morning to earn a spot in the grand final, which was won by Bates (5:41.384). Despite the result WPI was only .168 seconds off its initial time with a 5:56.232. Marist was second followed by Hobart, BC and Williams.
The men's 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays and seven individuals, including sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA), finished in the top eight to earn All-New England honors as the WPI track & field programs competed at the All-New England Championships Friday and Saturday at Dartmouth. The relay set a school record with a runner-up time and Packard reset the women's 800-meter run standard as the teams placed seventh and 33rd, respectively. Select members of the team head to the MIT Last Chance Meet Thursday.
Wrestling coach Steve Hall has announced that he will be retiring from his coaching responsibilities but will remain with the department to focus on alumni relations and special projects. A national search for a new wrestling head coach will begin immediately. Hall, a Hall of Fame wrestler for the Engineers, returned to the program for the 2010-2011 season. He has amassed 83 victories in his eight years as head coach, including double digit win totals in each of his last five season at the helm. The 2017-2018 campaign was his most successful one as was named the NEWA and the NWCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The Crimson and Gray posted an 18-4 dual meet record, the third most wins in a season in program history, and the most since the 1993-94 season.
Women Track and Field’s Hannah Schulz has been designated as the Outstanding Member of the Class of 2021. Hannah, a civil engineering major, has an impressive list of accomplishments. She contributed to the concrete canoe project for ASCE, and as a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma has headed a tutoring program for students at Elm Park Elementary School, and as an executive of the Food Recovery Network has helped feed and support families at Friendly House. And of course, Hannah has an outstanding academic record.
Five WPI spring student-athletes were named to the second-annual NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team, as announced as part of the league's postseason award program. Men's Track & Field was represented by Jack DeVine while Kristen Dettloff was the women's honoree. Eva Barinelli was the women's rowing pick while Evan Lacroix and RiAnna May were Baseball and Softball's selections, respectively.
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Baseball (13-22 overall, 3-14 NEWMAC)
Softball (29-13 overall, 15-3 NEWMAC)
Men's Track and Field
Women’s Track and Field
Last Week's Results
Friday, May 11
Men’s Rowing - 6th place in National Invitational Rowing Championships
Women’s Rowing - 3rd place in National Invitational Rowing Championships
Friday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12
Men’s Track & Field - 7th place at All-New England Championships
Women’s Track & Field - 32nd place at All-New England Championships
Next Week's Games
Thursday, May 17
Track and Field at Last Chance Meet (at MIT) 5:00
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