Bristol, R.I. – The 2016-17 version of Clark University women's swimming and diving opened up their season with a fourth place finish at the Commonwealth Coast Conference Invitational hosted by Roger Williams University on Saturday afternoon.
The host Hawks claimed the team trophy, earning 237 points and they were followed by both Regis College and the University of New England, both with 63 points.
Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.) picked up right where she left off a season ago, winning two individual events – the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.36) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.33).
- The 200-yard medley relay team of Sasha Kumar (Canyon Country, Calif.), Karina Urquhart (Sanford, Maine), Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) and Orzechowski finished second (1:56.28).
- Urquhart finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.94), fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.79) and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.47).
- Kumar was ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (27.29).
- The 200-yard freestyle relay foursome of Niki Lew (Auburndale, Mass.), Mitchell, Jenna Harrison-Peters (Silver Spring, Md.) and Alice Verme (West Palm Beach, Fla.) churned out a fifth-place effort (1:53.01).
- The 400-yard freestyle lineup of Orzechowski, Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn.), Kumar and Urquhart finished fourth (3:59.80).
"Several of the women swam well relative to this time last year, in particular Ariel Vaughan and Jenna Harrison-Peters," said Clark University head coach Paul E. Phillips. "Our 200 Medley Relay looks promising, with the addition of Sasha on the backstroke leg and the other three returning from last year's school record."
The Cougars dive back into action on Saturday when they take part in the Worcester City Championships hosted by Holy Cross.