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Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving at Clark

Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving at Clark

Swimming & Diving at Clark
Saturday, November 18—1 p.m.
Kneller Center Pool—Worcester, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for their annual dual meet on Saturday in Worcester. The Beaver men have defeated the Cougars in each of the last eight years and are 12-7 going back to 1998, while the Babson women enter Saturday's competition looking to snap a 12-meet losing streak to Clark going back to 2004.

The Green and White posted a 161-69 victory on the men's side, while the Cougars salvaged a split by defeating the Beavers, 142-95, in the women's half of the meet. The Babson men won all 14 swimming events, led by two victories apiece from five different swimmers, including senior Alex Grant classmate Mitchell Posk, and sophomore Jack Lucero. Paris Ekman '17 finished first in both diving events, while junior Maria Orive touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle for the Green and White in the women's half of the competition.

The Clark women (1-0) will compete in just their second dual meet of the year on Saturday coming off a 136-135 victory over Bridgewater State last Saturday. Juniors Mira Stewart (100 breast, 200 breast), Quinn Mitchell (100 butterfly, 200 butterfly) and Amelia Muratori (50 free, 100 free), and first-year Alison Falder (500 free, 400 IM) all won two events apiece for the Cougars. The Clark men (0-1) are looking to rebound from a 176-115 loss to Bridgewater State last weekend. Junior Julian Ortega picked up thee of the team's four first-place finishes by touching the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle. First-year Kosta Drallios was victorious in the 200 free and added a second-place result in the 400 IM.

The Babson women (1-5) picked up their first win of the season by defeating Norwich, 108-97, as part of a double-dual meet at Regis last Saturday. The Green and White posted five event wins and four runner-up finishes, led by sophomore Tirza Rentovich and first-year Luna Zhang. Rentovich won the 100 free, Zhang touched the wall first in the 100 breast and the duo teamed up with first-years Nataliya Gowan and Jordan Mailly to win the 400-yard medley relay. The Babson men (3-3) won nine events on their way to sweeping Norwich (147-75) and Regis (157-45) last Saturday in Weston. Lucero (500 free, 1000 free) and fellow sophomore Alex Damiecki (200 IM, 100 butterfly) both collected a pair of victories, while senior Ross Ojerholm (100 free), junior Kenneth Mun (100 breast) and first-year Kevin Luu (50 back) all picked up their first wins of the season.

Second-year head coach Kristy Martin, who led the men's squad to a 5-6 record in her first season, picked up the first women's victory of her head coaching career last Saturday against Norwich.

Damiecki and Lucero have combined for 13 victories and four second-place finishes in their 17 individual races so far this season. Damiecki has won seven times, which includes three straight triumphs in the 100-yard butterfly, while Lucero owns six wins.

First-year Celine Nie posted her second victory of the season in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday against Regis and Norwich, which classmate Julia Ferrara posted the first win of her career last weekend in the 1000-yard freestyle.