Swimming & Diving at the WPI Gompei Invitational
Friday-Sunday, December 1-3
Sports & Recreation Center Pool—Worcester, Mass.
The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams will wrap up the fall semester by competing at the three-day Gompei Invitational beginning on Friday at WPI. The meet, which concludes on Sunday evening, will feature 25 events for both the men and women.
Friday: Trials – 10:45 a.m. | Finals – 7 p.m.
Saturday: Trials – 10 a.m. | Finals – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: Trials – 9:30 a.m. | Finals – 5 p.m.
2016 GOMPEI INVITATIONAL RECAP
Sophomore Jack Lucero posted top-10 finishes in the 1650-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM as the Beavers placed 10th at last season's Gompei Invitational, which featured combined men's and women's team scores. Anton Pronichenko '17 reached the B final in three events, while sophomore Alex Damiecki competed in a pair of B finals (200 IM, 100 butterfly) for the Babson men. Paris Ekman '17 came in third on both the 1- and 3-meter diving boards to lead the women's squad.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers (4-2) enter the weekend on a three-meet winning streak following their 133-90 victory over Clark back on November 18. Lucero touched the wall first in the 200 free, 500 free and 200 butterfly, and was one of five swimmers to post an individual win against the Cougars. Lucero leads the Green and White with nine victories in 12 races, and Damiecki has finished first in eight of nine individual events over the first four meets. Senior Mitchell Posk has recorded three wins and three runner-up finishes competing in the 50 free and 100 free, while first-years Connor O'Brien and Taras Polakoff have combined for nine second-place results.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers (1-6) enter their final event of the fall coming off a 121-80 loss at Clark on November 18. Sophomore Tirza Rentovich was victorious in the 50 free and 100 free, and first-year Jordan Mailly touched the wall first in both the 200 free and 200 backstroke for the Green and White. Rentovich has posted five wins with two runner-up finishes in seven individual events over the first four meets, while Mailly and first-year Celine Nie have recorded eight and seven top-three results, respectively, for Babson. Fellow first-year Nataliya Gowan has also won at least one event in each of the team's last two meets.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Invitational hosts and defending champion WPI leads a strong field that features all teams that finished ahead of the Beavers last season. Stevens and WPI are ranked 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in the TYR/CSCAA Division III poll, while Rowan, Division I Bryant and Division II Bentley rounded out the top five at last year's event. Brandeis, Clark and Roger Williams, which Babson will face in January, will also compete this weekend.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Although the Beavers have not competed at home this season, they will travel to Worcester for the third time since early November this weekend. The Green and White took part in a series of dual meets at WPI back on November 3 and visited Clark two weeks ago.
Following a break for exams and the holidays, the Babson men will host Springfield on January 7, while the women's squad visits Western New England on January 8.