Damiecki Posts NCAA B Cut Time in 100 Butterfly as Beavers Remain Fifth at Conference Meet
WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's swimming & diving team set six school records, achieved an NCAA B cut, and posted three top-five finishes at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Saturday inside the WPI Sports and Recreation Center Pool.
The Beavers picked up 175 points on day three of the conference meet and are in fifth place with a total of 369 points after14 events. The Green and White is just four points behind fourth-place Springfield, while fifth-ranked MIT holds a 187-point lead over second-place Coast Guard.
The record-setting day started in the morning prelims as first-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) bettered his own mark with a time of 1:41.92 in the 200-yard freestyle. Two events later, sophomore Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) shattered Brian Drysdale's '05 14-year-old record with his time of 52.43 in the 100-yard backstroke.
The first record to fall in the evening session came in the second event of the night as junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) posted an NCAA B cut time of 49.38 to break his own record while finishing fourth in the A final. First-year Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) qualified for the B final with a season-best time of 51.73 and placed sixth overall in the night session.
Sophomore Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) qualified for the A final in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday morning and set a new school record with his time of 57.85, which was good for sixth place. Damiecki also reached the A final and clocked in with a season-best time of 58.60 to place 10th, while Yoo won the B final with a time of 1:00.34.
The final records of the night came in the 200 medley relay where Huynh bettered his own mark in the opening leg with a time of 23.72 in the 50 backstroke, and teamed with Dibbayawan, Damiecki and Yoo to break the record set at last year's conference meet with a time of 1:33.73, which was good for fourth place.
Huynh backed up his school record in the prelims of the 200 free with a fifth-place finish in the A final, while Polakoff placed third in the B final of the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass,) also qualified for the B final and placed ninth.
Junior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) qualified for the A final with a season-best time of 4:10.81 in the 400 IM and placed 10th overall with a time of 4:14.23 in the evening session. First-year Reid Chavez (Shelton, Conn.) and sophomore Connor O'Brien (Tempe, Ariz.) both qualified for the B final in the 400 IM and placed fifth and seventh, respectively.
The final day of competition begins with prelims at 10 a.m. and the finals starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday.