Centennial Moments: Saint-Amour, Hobbs Take Men's Swimming & Diving Program to New Heights

Centennial Moments: Saint-Amour, Hobbs Take Men's Swimming & Diving Program to New Heights

BABSON PARK, Mass.--Following a decade of popularity after the opening of Millea Pool in 1949, men's swimming & diving officially earned varsity status at Babson College beginning in the fall of 1959. Over the years the program has enjoyed tremendous team and individual success, and boasts two of the most decorated athletes in the history of Babson athletics in Craig Saint-Amour '75 and Michael Hobbs '92.

Under the guidance of legendary head coach and Babson Hall of Famer Bob Hartwell, Saint-Amour set six school records as a freshman during the 1971-72 campaign, and followed it up with five more records and the first All-America award in Babson history in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships as a sophomore in 1973. The Beavers set a school record with 13 victories and came in 37th at the Division II national meet.

A 1991 Babson Hall of Fame inductee, Saint-Amour was even better at the 1974 Division III NCAA Championships, earning All-America accolades in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. As a senior in 1975 he repeated in the 100 and 200 free in addition to earning the six All-America honor of his career in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Hobbs arrived on campus in the fall of 1989 and quickly ushered in a new era of success for the swimming & diving program. He helped the team win 21 dual meets over his first two seasons, and earned All-America accolades in the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships in both 1990 and 1991.

Hobbs was even better as a junior during the 1991-92 campaign, becoming the first in school history to earn All-America honors in three individual events (200 butterfly, 200 IM, 400 IM) in the same season. He saved his best for last though, helping the Beavers record a fourth straight top-10 finish at the New England Championships, while becoming the only athlete in Babson history to earn All-America honors in all four seasons of his career with another strong performance in the 200 butterfly.

At the time of his graduation, Hobbs owned seven school records, the last of which was broken back in February at the NEWMAC Championships after standing for three decades. He was inducted into the Babson Hall of Fame in 2000.