Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving at the Gompei Invitational

Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving at the Gompei Invitational

Swimming & Diving at the Gompei Invitational
Friday, December 6-8 | 9 a.m. prelims | 5 p.m. finals
WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool | Worcester, Mass.

• The Babson men's and women's swimming & diving teams will wrap up the fall semester at the three-day Gompei Invitational beginning on Friday morning at WPI.
• The Beavers are one of 13 programs set to compete at the meet, which features 50 events and a combined men's and women's team score.

• The Green and White came in 10th for the second time in three seasons with 1,299 points at last year's Gompei Invitational.
• Sophomore Aaron Huynh posted then-school-record times in the 50 backstroke and 200 free, finished second overall in the 200 free, and qualified for the B final in two other events to lead the Babson men.
• Senior Alex Damiecki finished sixth in the A final, junior Taras Polakoff was ninth in the A final of the 200 backstroke, and the trio of senior Jack Lucero (1650 free) and juniors Kevin Luu (50 backstroke) and Lachlan Dibbayawan (50 free) all qualified for and placed 10th in an A final.
• Tessa Amoroso '19 finished fourth in the 3-meter diving event, while sophomore Abigail Voce placed fifth in the A final of the 100 free and 10th in the A final of the 100 free to lead the Babson women.

• The Beavers (7-1) continued their dual meet success with a 117-88 victory over Clark back on November 17.
• Six different swimmers won at least one event, highlighted by two event victories apiece by Voce (100 free, 200 free) and first-year Angela Li (200 IM, 200 breaststroke).
• Senior Tirza Rentovich (50 free), and first-years Lindsay Nowak (200 butterfly), Caitlin Caron (1000 free) and Molly Cox (200 backstroke) also recorded a win for the Green and White.
• Li owns top-10 times among NEWMAC swimmers in the 50 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 IM, while Cox ranks among the top 10 in the conference in three different backstroke events.

• The Beavers (7-0) remained unbeaten in dual meet action with a 117-83 triumph over Clark three weekends ago.
• Damiecki, who won the 200 free and 500 free, and first-year Charles Wang, who finished first in the 100 free and 200 breaststroke, were among six different swimmers to record a first-place finish against the Cougars.
• Huynh (50 free), Lucero (1000 free) and first-years Alvin Oentoro (200 IM) an Mark Fanelli (200 backstroke) were among the other winners for Babson.
• Wang has set school records in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 IM over the first month of the season and owns top-10 times among NEWMAC swimmers in nine different events entering the weekend.

• This weekend's field features a pair of Division I programs in Bryant and Merrimack, Division II programs St. Rose and Bentley, and the host Engineers, Springfield and Clark from the NEWMAC.
• No. 17 Rowan came in second behind Bryant last season, and each of the top six programs from last year, a group that includes Stevens and Roger Williams, returns for this season's three-day meet.

• Following the sweep of Clark last month, a pair of individual swimmers and two relay teams were honored by the NEWMAC.
• Damiecki was tabbed as the league's men's swimmer of the week, while Lucero, Dibbayawan, Luu and sophomore Aiden Asuncion-Duong claimed relay team of the week accolades thanks to their victory in the 200 free relay.
• On the women's side, Voce garnered NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week laurels, and was part of the conference's relay team of the week along with Rentovich, sophomore Elizabeth Demoine and first-year Madeleine Green. The quartet recorded a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay against the Cougars.

• Babson's 1,299 points were the program's most in three appearances at the Gompei Invitational. The Green and White totaled 792.5 points at the event in 2016 and finished with 735 points in 2017.

• The Beavers head south to the Florida Keys for their annual winter training trip from January 2-8 before resuming competition against Wellesley and Coast Guard on January 10.