Worcester, Mass.- The Clark University women's and men's swimming and diving teams took on cross-town rival Worcester Polytechnic Institute in an exciting conference matchup last night at WPI. Despite a heroic effort, Clark was handed two losses on the night with the final score for the women 117 to 89, while the men fell 116 to 94.
Elizabeth Cownie (Concord, Mass) had a good day for the Cougars, picking up a first place finish in the 200 Yard Backstroke. Her final time was 2:31.56 and she picked up a crucial nine points.
Olivia Winters (Maplewood, NJ) finished first in the 500 Yard Freestyle with a final time of 6:01.72. With her win, the Cougars added nine points to their total.
Mira Siewert (Westbrook, Conn) also finished in first place in the 200 Yard Breaststroke. Her final time was 2:43.00 and nine points. Cownie also swam an impressive race, coming in second with a final time of 2:50.68 and picking up four points.
Taking second place in the 1000 Yard Freestyle, Alison Falder (New Milford, Conn) finished with a final time of 11:32.36 and grabbed four points for the Cougars. Falder also came in second in the 200 Yard Butterfly. She finished just off the pace, with a final time of 2.23.38, and picked up another four points.
Amelia Muratori (Southbury, Conn) came in second out of a large field in the 50 Yard Freestyle. She touched the wall at 25.60 and picked up four points. Her teammate Allison Dubick (Cornwall, NY) came in fifth and picked up a point for the Cougars with a final time of 26.47. Muratori also finished right off the podium in fourth place in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Her final time was 57.31.
Anna Gilmartin (East Quogue, NY) came in first in the Three Meter dive with a final score of 149.25 and picked up nine points. Gilmartin also came in fourth in the One Meter dive with a final score of 139.35 and was awarded two points.
The Clark women had a great showing in the 200 Yard Freestyle relay. The team of Muratori, Dubick, Falder, and Quinn Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn) took first place with a final time of 1:46.10 and picked up eleven points. Right at their heels, was another dynamic Cougar team. Emma Bulman (Bridgewater, Mass), Jacie Carson (Eugene, Ore.), Olivia Winters (Maplewood, NJ), and Sydney Macedo (Kennebunk, Maine) came in second with a final time of 2:01.54. They grabbed four points.
On the men's side, Julian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla) finished first in the 100 Yard Freestyle. He finished with a final time of 49.78, escaping his closest rival. Ortega picked up nine points for the Cougars.
Sebastian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla) also picked up a first place finish. Ortega got the win in the 200 Yard Backstroke, with a final time of 2:18.79, and added nine points to the Cougars total.
Eric Corbert (Newton, Mass) came in first in the 500 Yard Freestyle. He finished with a time of 5:22.49 and added nine points.
Rowan Moody (Ellington, Conn) came in first place in the Three Meter dive with a final score of 236.25. Moody added nine points to the Cougars final tally.
Matt Finnegan (Rutland, Mass) finished second in the 500 Yard Freestyle. He touched the wall with a time of 5:39.67, and grabbed four points for the Cougars. Finnegan also came in fifth out of a large field in the 50 Yard Freestyle. He finished with a time of 24.57, and grabbed two points.
Konstantin Drallios (Astoria, NY) swam hard in the 200 Yard Butterfly. He finished fifth in the field, with a final time of 2:12 and two points.
It was a one, two, three finish for the Cougars in the 200 Yard Breaststroke. Julian Ortega came in first with a time of 2:24.53. He was followed closely by fellow Clarkie, Drallios who touched the wall at 2:24.75. Nick Sakoff (New York, NY) was right behind them with a final time of 2:32.21. In the event the Cougars picked up a total of 16 points.
The Clark men had an impressive showing in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. In first place, Julian Ortega, Noah Liscord (Wayne, Maine), Sam Brody (Lexington, Mass), Dan Broderick (Tolland, Conn) finished with a final time of 1:40.84 and eleven points. Following closely behind, and taking second place, was Cobert, Finnegan, Will Russell (Cumberland, Maine), and Sebastian Ortega. They picked up four points for the Cougars.
After the meet Coach Phillips remarked, "Great effort by the swimmers and divers tonight…I'm pleased with how we did and look forward to senior day on Saturday."
Clark returns to the pool this Saturday at 1PM against conference opponent Coast Guard.