Worcester, Mass.—The Clark University women's swimming and diving team defeated the Beavers of Babson College, 121-80, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Center pool.
Ali Falder (New Milford, Conn.) led the Cougars in the women's 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:37.39. Freshman Katy Flesher (Waukegan, Ill.) and Elizabeth Cownie (Concord, Mass.) finished just behind Falder for second and third place respectively.
Junior Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn.) took second place in the 50 yard freestyle in a season best time of 26.09. Charlotte Gray (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Allison Dubick (Cornwall, N.Y.) finished the event in third and fourth place respectively and posted their own personal best times of 26.28 and 26.37.
Clark claimed the top three places in the 200 yard butterfly. Junior Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) touched the wall first in 2:25.15 followed by her classmate Jacie Carson (Eugene, Ore.) (2:37.44) and Flesher (2:49.62).
The Cougars earned first place in the last three events of the day. Falder took first in the 500 yard freestyle (5:47.10) before senior Jenna Harrison-Peters (Silver Spring, Md.) touched first in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:44.01). To finish the day and clinch the victory, Clark earned first place in the 200 yard freestyle relay which consisted of Gray, Dubick, Cownie and Muratori (1:45.83).
QUOTE FROM COACH PAUL E. PHILLIPS
"Great meet for the women, very competitive. Some people were able to compete new events and did well. I can see how the effort put into our strength program is starting to make a difference. The women showed some very positive steps forward in all aspects of competition."