SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The Babson College women's swimming & diving team finished first in 11 of 14 events and defeated Western New England University, 152-108, at the Alumni Healthful Living Center Pool on Monday evening.
Babson, which was competing for the first time since December 3, improves to 2-6 in dual-meet action, while Western New England falls to 2-3 on the year.
Sophomore Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) and first-years Jordan Mailly (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) were all part of four victories apiece on the night for the Beavers. Rentovich was a part of Babson's wins in both the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay, in addition to touching the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.92) and 100-yard freestyle (57.87).
Nie recorded season-best times on her way to touching the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.01), 50-yard butterfly (28.66) and 200-yard IM, and was part of the Beavers' first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Mailly posted her best time of the year in the 500 free (5:35.11), and also touched the wall ahead of the field in the 200 free (2:04.86) and 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.97. Her final victory of the night came alongside Rentovich and first-years Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Nataliya Gowan (San Antonio, Texas).
Ferrara won the 1000 free by over 28 seconds with a season-best time of 12:11.78, and also came in third in both the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke. Gowan was the runner-up in both the 50 backstroke and 100 free, while sophomore Cassandra Collins (Branford, Conn.) placed second in the 500 free and 1000 free.
Sophomore Grace Huang (Herndon, Va.) came in third in a pair of butterfly events and first-year Luna Zhang (Auburndale, Mass.) added a third-place result in the 50 breaststroke. Juniors Maria Orive (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Olivia Gilbert (Portland, Maine) made their 2017-18 debuts and combined for three third-place finishes in the freestyle events.
Babson returns to action on Thursday when it takes on Coast Guard and the host Blue in a double dual meet at Wellesley beginning at 1 p.m.