Babson Park, Mass. – Despite a host of top five individual finishes, visiting Clark University dropped a 161-69 decision to New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Babson College on Saturday afternoon at Morse Swimming Pool.
Standout diver Steven Castiglione (North Haven, Conn.) was the Cougars' lone individual event winner as he took top honors in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
How It Happened:
- Castiglione won both the 1-meter (227.50) and 3-meter (227.50) for the second week in a row.
- Julian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Calif.) finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:05.03) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:41.47).
- Bill Holloman (Avon, Conn.) was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.48) and also in 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.48).
- Eddie McCluskey (Hope, Maine) churned out a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.44), while Dylan Schrama (Taunton, Mass.) turned in third place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.64) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.43).
- The 400-yard medley relay foursome of Schrama, Julian Ortega, McCluskey and Johan Nel (Wayne, Maine) finished second (3:35.57), just ahead of another Clark relay contingent of Holloman, Donovan Smith (Amherst, Mass.), Noah Liscord (Wayne, Maine) and Brandon Shafer (Honeoye, N.Y.) (3:52.23).
"I think both teams took a big step forward today in terms of their competitiveness and cohesiveness. They swam tough in close races in individual situations, and in some different events," said Clark University head coach Paul E. Phillips. "There was increased spirit and support for one another on deck and that showed in the performances. We need to keep working hard in all facets moving into the holiday and into final two weeks of workouts before the semester break."
The Cougars are off until Friday, December 2 when they take part in the Gompei Invitational at WPI.