Worcester, Mass. – The 2017 New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) swimming and diving championships kick off in earnest on Thursday at WPI's Sports & Recreation Center Pool.
How It's Going Down
The four-day, seven session event will crown individual champions in 20 events and an overall team champion.
I Wanna Go!
Tickets for the sessions are available at different price intervals. The adult all sessions pass is $25, while an all day pass for adults is $10. Senior citizens can get an all session pass for $15 and an all day pass for $5. Students with an institutional ID are admitted for $1, while kids under 12 are free.
At last year's championship, Clark finished eighth overall as Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.) earned all-conference honors in three separate events. Several records fell, including the 400-yard freestyle relay where Kelsey Clary, Orzechowski, Charlotte Gray (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Karina Urquhart (Sanford, Maine) set a new school record, besting a time that stood for the better part of six seasons.
You Sound Like A Broken Record
The only record broken during the year for the Cougars was actually broken twice by Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.). She set the new school mark of 26.80 in the 50-yard butterfly in a dual meet against Brandeis. That followed her first establishing the mark with a time of 27.23 earlier in the week against WPI.
Keep An Eye On
MIT has won the last six championships in a row and feature the back-to-back league rookies of the year in Addie Chambers (2016) and Amanda Wu (2015). Chambers and Orzechowski finished 1-2 in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle so that matchup is definitely one to watch as the championship moves along.