Worcester, Mass. - After Day One of the 2014 New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference men's and women's swimming and diving championships, the Clark University women's team sits in seventh place with 46 points and set a new school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay..
The women's championship's first session only consisted of one event – the 800-yard freestyle relay. Clark's "A" team of Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.), Gaby Jijon-Nemalceff (Quito, Ecuador), Emilie Ogisu (Nagoya, Japan) and Lydia Berry (Kennebunk, Maine) finished in fifth place with a time of 7:52.63.
Their time bested the old school mark of 7:53.83 set in 2011 by Jijon-Nemalceff, Erin Smith, Mollie Kleyboecker and Elizabeth Rosen.
Another Cougar foursome – this one comprised of Ariel Vaughan (West Haven, Conn.), Margaux Scott (Hope, Maine), Niki Lew (Newton, Mass.) and Emily Drewniany (Middletown, Conn.) were 18th in a time of 8:35.97.
The event winner, Springfield, set a NEWMAC record, posting a time of 7:34.02 and meeting the NCAA B-Cut standard.
The championship continues on Friday with a 10:00 a.m. early session and concluding with a 6:00 p.m. evening session.