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Swimming & Diving Sets Four Records, Moves Up to Eighth Place at Gompei Invitational

Swimming & Diving Sets Four Records, Moves Up to Eighth Place at Gompei Invitational

WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams set four more school records and had 20 swimmers qualify for the finals in six individual events on day two of the Gompei Invitational inside the WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool on Saturday.

The Beavers scored 639.5 points for the second day in a row and moved up one spot to eighth with a two-day total of 1,279 points. Division I Bryant (4,173 points) holds a large lead over 17th-ranked and second-place Rowan (3,093), while WPI (2,698), Division II Bentley (2,623.5) and Roger Williams (2,076.5) round out the top five.

Babson sophomore Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was a part of two records for the second day in a row. He broke his own mark with a program-best time of 20.87 in the 50-yard freestyle as part of a record-setting performance in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Huynh joined senior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.), junior Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) and first-year Charles Wang (San Marino, Calif.) posted a time of 1:24.53 to finish fourth overall.

Wang also continued his individual success at the meet, recording a fourth-place result by setting a new school record with a time of 50.84 in the A final of the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) placed fifth in the B final with a time of 54.49 and classmate Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) came in third in the C final of the 100 back, touching the wall with a time of 54.83.

Luu clocked in at 24.69 to finish fifth in the A final of the 50-yard backstroke, while Damiecki came in third in the A final of the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 22.99. Frist-year Benjamin Wei (Taipei, Taiwan) was ninth in the B final of the 50 butterfly (24.83), while first-year Adrien Marcos (Zurich, Switzerland), senior Michael Cerny (Windsor Locks, Conn.), Polakoff and first-year Daniel Donahue (Acton, Mass.) were separated by less than a half-second in finishing 25th through 28th in the C final.

Huynh came in second in the A final of the 200 free with a time of 1:41.26, while first-year Alvin Oentoro (Houston, Texas) placed sixth in the B final. Damiecki finished eighth in the B final and Dibbayawan was second in the C final of the 100-yard breaststroke, while first-year Mark Fanelli (La Cañada, Calif.) and senior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) placed third and seventh, respectively, in the B final of the 400 IM.

The top performance of the day for the Babson women came from first-year Angela Li (Belmont, Mass.), who came in fourth in the B final with a school-record time of 4:49.20. Classmate Madeleine Green (Rye Beach, N.H.) finished ninth in the A final of the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 28.69, while fellow rookie Molly Cox (Orange, Conn.) touched the wall third in the B final of the 50 back (28.97) and was 10th in the B final of the 100 back with a time of 1:02.58.

First-year Caitlin Caron (Cheshire, Conn.), who set a new record in the 1650 free on Friday, qualified for the C final in the 100 back and played eighth with a time of 1:01.93. Sophomore Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) came in ninth in the B final of the 200 free clocking in at 2:01.34, while classmate Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) finished fourth in the C final of the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 1:10.57.

First-year Lindsay Nowak (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) both qualified for the C final in the 50-yard butterfly. Nowak finished third with a time of 27.98, while Nie came in fourth just 0.20 seconds behind her.

The Beavers return to the pool for the final day of competition on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.

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