Cougars Finish 8th At NEWMAC Championships

Cougars Finish 8th At NEWMAC Championships

Worcester, Mass. – Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) and Melissa Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.) both had stellar pool performances on the final day of the 2017 NEWMAC Championships on Sunday evening.

The Cougars wrap up their stay at nearby WPI with 316 points, good for eighth out of ten teams. MIT won its seventh straight conference crown with 1,422 points – nearly 700 more than the host and second-place Engineers (769.5).

In finishing fourth, Mitchell smashed the school record in the 200-yard butterfly, with a time of 2:10.18, shaving nearly three seconds off of Natalie Omary's former high-water mark (2:12.72).

Orzechowski, meanwhile finished in third place in her signature event, the 1,650-yard freestyle. She posted a time of 17:24.18, which is an NCAA B-Cut standard and is the second fastest time in school history – behind her own school record time of 17:13.83.

That duo made up half of the Cougars' 400-yard freestyle relay that finished eighth. Orzechowski, Karina Urquhart (Sanford, Maine), Mitchell and Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn.) just missed out on a school record, posting a time of 3:38.33 – less than a second shy of the mark.

With Orzechowski's B-Cut in the 1,650, she will await word on whether or not she will get the invite to the 2017 Swimming Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.