Worcester, Mass. – The 2013-14 Clark university men's swimming and diving campaign begins in earnest on Saturday, November 3 with a dual meet against league rival Babson College. In addition to their meeting with the Beavers, the Cougars will face off with conference foes WPI and Coast Guard during the season in advance of the NEWMAC Championships slated for February 20-23.
Head coach Paul E. Phillips welcomes five new first-year swimmers into the fold for 2013-14. They are Vladislav Kiveliyk (Southington, Conn.), Eddie McCluskey (Hope, Maine), Donovan Smith (Amherst, Mass.), Jason Vazquez-Li (Cambridge, Mass.) and Tyler Whitesell (East Hartford, Conn.).
Youth Will Be Served:
12 of the 21 members of the 2013-14 team are underclassmen. The largest class on the roster are the seven members of the class of 2016.
In addition to his role as a team captain, Josh Kent also serves as the president of the Clark University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Along with Ethan Forauer (Hanover, N.H.), who serves as treasurer, men's swimming has two student-athletes on the executive board.
Green With Envy:
Clive Green is the only current member of the men's program to hold a school record in an individual event. He tops the charts in the 50-Yard Butterfly (23.97) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.68). In addition, he is a member of three school-record holding relay teams – the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.83), the 400-yard medley relay (3:31.93) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:25.82).
Hey, Don't Forget About Me:
While not an individual record holder, Jack Hall (McLean, Va.) is a member of the school-record holding 800-yard freestyle relay squad (7:04.21).
Still The Best:
Former Clark All-American Ryan Garr still holds the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record in the 200-yard backstroke. He set the mark at the 2010 Championships when he earned male swimmer of the year award en route to his All-America distinction.
In early February 2013, it was announced that the Clark University men's swimming and diving team had the highest grade point average of any team in the nation – that includes teams from all three divisions. The Cougars' 3.60 GPA edged out fellow Division III institution California Pomona-Pitzer (3.58) for the top spot, while Division I Yale University had the third highest overall at 3.57.