NEWMAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship Preview

NEWMAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship Preview

2017 NEWMAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
Thursday, February 16-Sunday, February 20
WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool—Worcester, Mass.
Trials—10 a.m./Finals—6 p.m.

DIGITAL PROGRAM

HEAT SHEETS

THE SETUP
The 2017 NEWMAC men's swimming & diving championships will get underway on Thursday afternoon and continue through Sunday night at WPI's Sports & Recreation Center Pool. The conference will crown individual champions in 20 different events, as well as an overall team champion.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
The championship kicks off on Thursday night with the men's 3-meter diving competition and the 800-yard freestyle relay for both men and women. Preliminary races will begin at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, with the finals in all events set to start at 6 p.m. each night.

TICKETS
Adults may buy an all-session pass for $25 or an all-day pass for $10. The all-session pass is $15 for senior citizens, while the all-day pass is $5. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Beavers finished sixth as MIT captured its eighth consecutive NEWMAC championship last winter in Cambridge. An Truong '16 enjoyed a great meet finishing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, fifth in the 1650 free and 10th in the 400-yard individual medley. He also teamed with Chris Roan '16 and seniors Mitchell Posk and Kevin Shivers to set a new school record in the 800 free relay. Posk also added a 10th-place finish in the 50 free.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson enters the NEWMAC Championship coming off victories over Bridgewater State and Springfield in its final two dual meets of the season back in late January. Posk and first-year Jack Lucero combined to win eight events over two meets for the Beavers, who finished the year with five dual meet wins. Lucero owns the team's top times in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free and 400 IM, while Posk is the Green and White's top swimmer in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free. Shivers will start his final conference meet as Babson's top seed in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and fellow senior Anton Pronichenko owns the squad's best times in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. First-year Alex Damiecki, who has posted the Beavers' top results in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 IM, and junior Alex Grant, who enters the weekend as the teams' top seed in the 200 butterfly, will both compete in multiple events.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
Fifth-ranked MIT, which is poised to capture its ninth straight conference crown, should face its toughest competition from the host Engineers, who enter the weekend ranked 29th by collegeswimming.com. Coast Guard Academy has come in third in each of the last four years.

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