Damiecki Breaks Own 50 Butterfly Mark, Amoroso Sets 3-Meter Diving Record as Beavers Win 28 of 32 Events against Bears
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College swimming & diving teams combined to win 28 events while setting a pair of school records in a dominating sweep of visiting Bridgewater State University in its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon inside Morse Pool. The Beavers downed the Bears 192-91 in the women's half of the meet, while the men posted a 213-71 victory.
The Babson women wrap up the regular season with a dual meet record of 8-9 to finish just one win shy of their program record set during the 1991-92 campaign. The men's squad improved to 9-4 and registered at least nine victories in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003.
Both school records came in consecutive events late in the meet beginning with junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) winning the men's 50-yard butterfly in a time of 22.91 to trim 0.15 seconds off his previous mark last season. Senior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) followed it by recording a six-dive score of 293.10 on the 3-meter board to shatter Paris Ekman's '17 school record of 272.95 set back in 2017.
Amoroso was also victorious in the 1-meter diving event and was one of four competitors to record multiple wins as the Green and White came in first in 13 of 16 events. First-year Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea) won the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, while sophomore Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle. First-year Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) also was victorious in two events as she took first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
First-year Stella Hu (Wellesley, Mass.) won the 200 free and was a part of both the Beavers' victories in the relays. Junior Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) touched the wall first in the 50 breaststroke and teamed with Hu, Voce and senior Maria Orive (Guatemala City, Guatemala) to take first in the 200 free relay.
First-year Andrea Hamel (Gloucester, Mass.) came in second in the 50- and 100-yard butterfly, while classmate Caroline Daskalakis (Belmont, Mass.) was the runner-up in the 50 and 100 breast. Nie in the 50 back, sophomore Nataliya Gowan (San Antonio, Texas) in the 100 back, classmate Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) in the 1000 free, and first-year Beatriz Regis (Dorado, Puerto Rico) in the 200 free also posted second-place finishes.
The Babson men won 15 of 16 events, which included multiple victories from four different swimmers. First-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) came in first in the 200 free, 100 back and 200 IM, while Damiecki preceded his win in the 50 butterfly with a first-place result in the 50 breaststroke. Junior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) touched the wall first in the 500 and 1000 free, and sophomore Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) was the winner of the 50 and 100 free events.
Sophomore Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) took first in the 50 back, first-year Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) won the 100 butterfly and classmate Walter Lehneis (Hackettstown, N.J.) was victorious in the 100 breaststroke. Fellow rookie Rishi Asher (Muscat, Oman) also recorded the first win of his career by recording a score of 134.77 on the 3-meter diving board.
In addition to the success in the individual events, the Beavers also won both relay events, which was highlighted by senior Adam Kershner (Scottsdale, Ariz.) swimming the anchor leg to help the team cap the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay.
Sophomore Connor O'Brien (Tempe, Ariz.) came in second in the 500 free and 1000 free, classmate Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) was the runner-up in the 50 back and 50 butterfly, and first-year Reid Chavez (Shelton, Conn.) finished second in the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke. Junior Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) came in third in the 50 free and first-years Joseph Wellmann (Cohasset, Mass.) and Aiden Asuncion-Duong (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) both recorded a pair of third-place finishes.
Babson returns to action on February 21 when it begins competition at the four-day NEWMAC Championships hosted by WPI.
• The Beavers have dominated the series against Bridgewater State winning 19 straight men's meets and seven of the last 10 meets on the women's side.
• Prior to the meet, the Green and White honored its senior class of Amoroso, Kershner and Orive.
• The women's team's eight wins are tied for the second most in program history along with the 1990-91 and 1993-94 teams.