Worcester, Mass. – Highlighted by a school-record and an NCAA qualifying time, the Clark University women's swimming and diving team finished in eighth place with a total of 398 points at the four-day New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships at WPI. MIT won its second straight title collecting 1,405 points.
Gaby Jijon-Nemalceff (Quito, Ecuador) blazed her way to a school-record effort in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.24, good for eighth in the championship final. Her time bested her own mark of 53.43 set back in 2011.
Meanwhile, Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.) finished fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a time of 17:33.41 – a time that missed out on the school record by a little more than a second but met the NCAA "B" Cut Qualifying time. Her teammate Lydia Berry (Kennebunk, Maine) touched the wall in 18:06.49, the fourth fastest time in school history.
Liz Barker (Augusta, Maine) finished eighth in the consolation final in 2:16.97, good for fifth on the school's all-time list.
Already atop the school record board in the 200-yard butterfly, Natalie Omary (New York, N.Y.) almost knocked herself out of the top spot with the third fastest time in school history (2:16.47) with her ninth place finish in the championship final.
The 400-yard freestyle relay quartet of Orzechowski, Jijon-Nemalceff, Barker and Kelsey Clary (Cambridge, Mass.) missed out on a school record by less than half a second with their eighth place finish with a time of 3:39.65.