Women's Swimming Gets Strong Individual Efforts At City Championships

Women's Swimming Gets Strong Individual Efforts At City Championships

Worcester, Mass. – The Clark University women's swimming and diving team finished fourth at the 2016 Worcester City Championships on Saturday hosted by Holy Cross at the Hart Center Pool.

Division II Assumption College laid claim to the team title with 1,023 points and they were followed by WPI (919 points), Holy Cross (781 points) and then the Scarlet and White (352).

Assumption's Shannon Quirk was named Female Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyles, while Holy Cross star Casey Sherman won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

For the Cougars, Clark had Sasha Kumar (Canyon City, Calif.) win her first ever event, while Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.) had three individual top five finishes and two more top ten finishes from Karina Urquhart (Sanford, Maine).

The Rundown:

  • The 400-yard medley relay foursome of Kumar, Urquhart, Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) and Orzechowski finished tenth (4:27.56).
  • The 200-yard freestyle relay contingent of Orzechowski, Kumar, Urquhart and Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn.) finished ninth (1:49.44).
  • The 400-yard freestyle relay group of Kumar, Muratori, Mitchell and Niki Lew (Auburndale, Mass.) notched a tenth place effort (4:04.21).
  • The 200-yard medley relay of Kumar, Urquhart, Mitchell and Orzechowski posted a fourth place showing (1:57.89).
  • In addition to all of her work with the relay teams, Kumar won her first collegiate event, finishing first in the 50-yard backstroke (29.25).
  • Orzechowski was second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.31), the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.88) and fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:05.84).
  • Urquhart finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.07) and tenth in the 100-yard individual medley (1:07.34).
  • Mitchell turned in an eighth place effort in the 50-yard butterfly (29.24).

Up Next:
The Cougars are off until next Tuesday when they take part in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power. Their next intercollegiate action will be on Saturday, November 12 when they visit Bridgewater State.