Worcester, Mass. – Highlighted by Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.) setting a school record in the 500-yard freestyle, the Clark University women's swimming and diving team sits in eighth place with 183 points after day two of the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships on Friday.
Orzechowski finished sixth in the championship final of the 500-yard event but her time of 5:07.89 was good enough to put her in the top spot in school history – well ahead of the 5:11.94 set by Elizabeth Rosen in 2011. Right on Orzechowski's heels was Gaby Jijon-Nemalceff (Quito, Ecuador), who turned in an eighth-place finish in 5:13.26 – a time that now ranks fourth on the all-time list.
Kelsey Clary (Cambridge, Mass.) posted the sixth fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle during the preliminaries, posting a time of 25.56.
Jijon-Nemalceff, Clary, Orzechowski and Liz Barker (Augusta, Maine) teamed up to post the second fastest time in school history in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing seventh in the championship final with a time of 1:40.34.
The Cougars will be back in action on Saturday beginning with the 10:00 a.m. session.