Worcester, Mass.--The Clark University women's swimming and diving team outlasted the Bears of Bridgewater State College by a final score of 136-135 on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Center pool.
The Bears hopped out to an early lead after winning the 200 yard medley relay in the first event of the day. Freshman Alison Falder (New Milford, Conn.) finished second in the 1000 yard freestyle for the Cougars. Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) and Emma Bulman (Bridgewater, Mass.) took second place in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke respectively.
It was in the nineth event of the day that Clark stole their first, first place finish. Junior Mira Siewert (Westbrook, Conn) finished at the top for the 100 yard breast stroke in a time of 1:18.12, but the Bears still held a 56-37 advantage. First place finishes in the 200 yard butterfly and the 50 yard freestyle by Mitchell and Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn.) brought the Cougars back into the meet as they now trailed the Bears by just seven points (69-62). Mitchell finished the 200 yard butterfly in a time of 2:24.37 and Muratori checked in first in 50 yard freestyle in a time of 26.18.
Muratori finished in first place in the 100 yard freestyle with a season best time of 58.38. Siewert took her second first place finish of the day in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:49.29) and first year Olivia Winters (Maplewood, N.J.) took second place in the same event (2:51.52).
Falder swept the 500 yard freestyle in a season best 5:35.94 and the 400 yard IM in 5:09.51. Mitchell earned another first place finish in the 100 yard butterfly with a season best time of 1:02.91. The Cougars took over the lead after this event (Event 25), 118-117. They took a 10 point lead after the 400 yard IM and clinched the victory by a close final score of 136-135.
QUOTE FROM COACH PAUL E. PHILLIPS
Winning by 1 means that every point really counted. We had a small roster today so several of the women stepped into unfamiliar roles, they fought hard in every race and really supported each other. Coming from behind like that says a lot about their toughness and spirit. =
Ali Falder (1000 Fr 2nd, 500 Fr 1st, 400 IM 1st)
Mira Siewert (100 Br 1st, 200 Br 1st)
Quinn Mitchell (200 Fly 1st, 100 Fly 1st)
Amelia Muratori (50 Fr 1st, 100 Fr 1st)