Worcester, Mass. – Highlighted by the 200-yard freestyle relay foursome registering a podium finish, the Clark University men's swimming and diving team wrapped up its second day of action at the 2017 NEWMAC Championships.
Clark's foursome of Eddie McCluskey (Hope, Maine), Julian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Bill Holloman (Avon, Conn.) and Dylan Schrama (Taunton, Mass.) reached the podium with a sixth place showing. The race was a fast one with MIT setting a new meet record while achieving the NCAA A-Cut (1:21.71) standard and WPI posting a time of 1:22.40, good enough for the NCAA B-Cut.
Vlad Kiveliyk (Southington, Conn.) and Julian Ortega both participated in the 500-yard freestyle, posting times of 5:12.88 and 5:13.99, respectively, but neither reached the evening finals as Coast Guard's Rowe Taylor set the pace with an NCAA B-Cut performance in the preliminaries.
Clark's duo of Schrama and Brandon Shafer (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) both participated in the preliminaries, while Schrama registering a time of 2:05.49 and Shafer turning in a time of 2:14.19. MIT freshman Bouke Edskes finished first, reaching the NCAA B-Cut standard with a time of 1:50.88.
A trio of Cougars competed in the preliminaries for Clark. The Scarlet and White's top finisher was McCluskey in a time of 23.03, which is the fastest time in the event this season for Clark. He was followed by Noah Liscord (23.84) and Donovan Smith (24.15). MIT's Jeremy Bogle was able to hold of WPI's Bauer brothers to lay claim to the individual title (20.78).
Action on Saturday will kick off in the morning with preliminaries in several events including the 400-yard IM and the 200-yard freestyle.