Huynh Sets School Record in 200 Free, Amoroso Qualifys for NCAA Diving Regionals
WORCESTER, Mass.—First-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) set his second school record in as many days and senior diver Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) qualified for the NCAA regional diving championships on day two of the Gompei Invitational inside WPI's Recreation and Athletic Center Pool.
Through 34 events, the Beavers sit in 10th place with 915 points, which is already close to 200 more than they totaled at the 2017 Gompei Invitational. Division I Bryant leads second-place Rown by more than 500 points, while the host Engineers, Stevens and Bentley round out the top five in the combined men's and women's score meet.
One night after breaking his own record in the 50 backstroke, Huynh came in second with a school-record time of 1:42.43 in the 200 free. His time was 0.53 seconds better than Isaac Breen-Franklin's '14 mark set during the 2014 NEWMAC Championships.
Amoroso followed up her 11th-place finish on the 1-meter diving board with a career-best performance on the 3-meter board. She totaled an 11-dive total of 410.0 points to finish fourth while qualifying for the NCAA regional diving championships for the first time in her career.
Sophomore Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) qualified for the A final in the 50 backstroke and posted a season-best time of 25.26 to finish 10th overall. Classmate Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) touched the wall in a time of 53.92 in the prelims and finished fourth in the B final with a season-best time of 53.59 in the men's 100 backstroke.
Sophomore Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) cut 15 seconds off her previous best time and touched the wall in a time of 5:17.80 in the women's 400 IM, while three men qualified for the finals for the Green and White. First-year Walter Lehneis (Hackettstown, N.J.) posted a season-best time of 4:21.87 in the prelims and came in eighth in the B final, classmate Reid Chavez (Shelton, Conn.) followed up a season-best time of 4:27.51 in the prelims by coming in ninth the B final, and first-year Aiden Asuncion-Duong (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) came in ninth in the C final after clocking in at 4:32.45 in the morning session.
Junior Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) came in second in the C final of the men's 50 butterfly with a season-best time of 24.82. First-year Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) touched the wall with a time of 23.98 in an exhibition swim for Babson, while first-year Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) posted her top time of the year (27.74) in an exhibition swim in the women's 50 butterfly.
In the 100 breaststroke, five Babson swimmers qualified for the finals. Demoine recorded a season-best time of 1:10.40 to place fifth in the C final, sophomore Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) and Lehneis finished less than a second apart to place sixth and eighth, respectively, in the men's B final. Yoo came in third in the C final with a season-best time of 1:00.59 and junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) was a little over a second behind him in ninth position.
The third and final day of the Gompei Invitational gets started on Sunday at 9 a.m.