Bristol, R.I. – The Clark University men's swimming team opened up its 2016-17 campaign with a fourth place showing at the Commonwealth Coach Conference Invitational hosted by Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon.
The host Hawks took home the team trophy, earning 210 points and they were followed by both Regis College (104), UMass-Dartmouth (81) and then Clark (56).
Julian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla.) had a trio of top five finishes to kick off his sophomore campaign, leading the way for the Scarlet and White. He finished third in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:54.48), fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (56.86) and 500-yard freestyle (5:21.61).
- The 200-yard medley relay team of Dylan Schrama (Taunton, Mass.), Bill Holloman (Avon, Conn.), Ortega and Eddie McCluskey (Hope, Maine) turned in an excellent effort, finishing third (1:45.73).
- Individually, Schrama had a top five finish, posting a fifth-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.83) and McCluskey was ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.46). Holloman, meanwhile, registered a fourth place effort in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.83).
- Sebastian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla.) turned in an eighth place showing in the 200-yard IM (2:19.46) and then finished ninth in the 100-yard butterfly (59.82).
- The 200-yard freestyle relay foursome of McCluskey, Brandon Shafer (Honeoye, N.Y.), Holloman and Vlad Kiveliyk (Southington, Conn.) were fifth (1:43.22).
"I was pleased with how the men swam for the first meet," said Clark University head coach Paul E. Phillips. "Julian had an outstanding meet and Sebastian had a couple of good swims too. The men's 200 medley also looks pretty decent with most of the same guys returning."
The Cougars get back into action on Saturday when they take part in the Worcester City Championships hosted by Holy Cross.