Worcester, Mass. – Led by a record-breaking relay team, the Clark University women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the second day of action at the 2017 NEWMAC Championships on Friday evening.
The Cougar foursome of Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.), Karina Urquhart (Sanford, Maine), Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) and Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn.) blazed their way to a school record in the 400-yard medley relay, posting a time of 4:03.6. That time was good enough for seventh place and shaved a second off of the previous Clark mark set five years earlier.
The foursome of Orzechowski, Charlotte Gray (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Mitchell and Muratori made the podium as well with their seventh place showing (1:40.66). That time is the fourth fastest time in school history and their fastest performance of the year.
Orzechowski finished fifth in the event in a time of 5:02.84 – just one second off of her school record of 5:01.84. Amazingly, MIT had the top three finishers in the race, headlined by the NCAA B-Cut standard performance from the Engineers' Mary Thielking.
Urquhart was Clark's top finisher in the event, touching the wall in 2:14.20 – the third fastest time in school history. Both Lara Prosterman (San Francisco, Calif.) and Jacie Carson (Eugene, Ore.) participated in the event, finishing with times of 2:31.71 and 2:31.84, respectively.
Gray and Muratori were both in the preliminaries, registering times of 26.03 and 25.74 respectively, but MIT had the three top finishers and four of the top six in the event.
Lauren Clark (Haverhill, Mass.) turned in a 20th place finish, totaling a score of 289.65.
Action on Saturday will kick off in the morning with preliminaries in several events including the 400-yard IM and the 200-yard freestyle.