2017 NEWMAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Thursday, February 16-Sunday, February 20
WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool—Worcester, Mass.
Trials—10 a.m./Finals—6 p.m.
The 2017 NEWMAC women's swimming & diving championships will get underway on Thursday afternoon and continue through Sunday night at WPI's Sports & Recreation Center Pool. The conference will crown individual champions in 20 different events, as well as an overall team champion.
The championship kicks off on Thursday night with the men's 3-meter diving competition and the 800-yard freestyle relay for both men and women. Preliminary races will begin at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, with the finals in all events set to start at 6 p.m. each night.
Adults may buy an all-session pass for $25 or an all-day pass for $10. The all-session pass is $15 for senior citizens, while the all-day pass is $5. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
2016 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Babson came in 10th overall as MIT edged Springfield and Wellesley to capture its sixth consecutive NEWMAC title last winter in Cambridge. Senior Paris Ekman was the Beavers' top performer coming in eighth in 3-meter diving event and setting a new school record while finishing 12th on the 1-meter diving board. Juniors Fernanda Tilkian and Reilly Robbins both recorded career-best times in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson returns to competition for the first time since suffering a narrow dual-meet loss against Bridgewater State to conclude the regular season back on January 19. Ekman recorded her top six-dive scores of the year on both the 1- and 3-meter diving boards, and fellow senior Madeline Dupre won the 100-yard freestyle for the Beavers. Dupre owns the team's top times in the 1000 free, 1650 free, 100 back and 400 IM, while first-year Tirza Rentovich has had a stellar rookie campaign and holds the Green and White's top seed times in three freestyle events (50/100/200), as well as the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly. Senior Mallory Ham has posted Babson's top times in the 200 butterfly and 200 IM this winter, Ekman will look to better her own 11-dive school records in the 1- and 3-meter diving events, and sophomore Tessa Amoroso hopes to build on a strong conference championship debut last season.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
MIT, which is ranked 12th in the latest collegeswimming.com Division III poll, is a heavy favorite to claim its seventh consecutive title. Wellesley and Springfield have joined the Engineers in the top three in each of the last five seasons.