NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships
Thursday, February 22-Sunday, February 25
Zesinger Sports and Fitness Center Pool—Cambridge, Mass.
Trials – 10 a.m. | Finals – 6 p.m.
The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams will travel to MIT for the four-day NEWMAC Championships beginning on Thursday night. The Beavers will compete against their conference rivals in 40 events, starting with the men's and women's 800-yard freestyle relay.
Following the opening relay and the men's 1-meter diving competition on Thursday night, there will be two sessions each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. with the finals set to kick off at 6 p.m. on all three nights.
2017 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Babson teams combined to set six school records as the men finished sixth and the women 10th at the 2017 NEWMAC Championships at WPI. Anton Pronichenko '17 was a part of three records, including the 100-yard breaststroke, while sophomore Alex Damiecki set new school marks in the 50- and 100-yard butterfly. Classmate Jack Lucero came in fourth in the men's 1650 free and seventh in the 500 free, while Paris Ekman '17 placed fifth in the women's 1-meter diving completion and set a school record as part of her eighth-place showing on the 3-meter board.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Beavers enter the conference meet coming off a double dual meet sweep of Bridgewater State (144-136) and Norwich (162-96) back on February 3. Junior Tessa Amoroso won both diving events, first-year Jordan Mailly was victorious in the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly, and classmate Celine Nie touched the wall first in the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly as the Beavers won eight events in all. Mailly, who set a new school record in the 400 IM back on January 27 at Roger Williams, owns the league's ninth fastest time (4:49.51) in the event, and the 11th best time (2:13.07) in the 200 backstroke. Sophomore Tirza Rentovich ranks 10th among NEWMAC swimmers in both the 50 free (25.30) and 100 free (54.79) going into the league meet.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers head into the NEWMAC Championships in good form after winning their final four dual meets, which includes a sweep of Bridgewater State (158-127) and Norwich (194-88) back on February 3. Damiecki broke his own school record in the 50-yard butterfly and also won the 200 butterfly, while Lucero recorded victories in the 1000 free, 200 free and 500 free for the Green and White. Damiecki enters the weekend with the fourth best time among conference swimmers in the 100 butterfly (50.34) and the sixth fastest time in the 200 butterfly (1:55.73). Lucero owns top-10 times in the 1650 free, 500 free and 400 IM, while senior Mitchell Posk's time of 21.46 in the 50 free ranks 11th on the year.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Babson men, who recorded 10 dual-meet victories for the first time since 1992 this season, finished just two points out of fifth place at last year's conference meet. The Green and White last placed as high as fifth back in 2013. On the women's side, six of Babson's 11 swimmers will make their NEWMAC Championships debut this weekend.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
MIT, which captured its 10th consecutive title last winter, enters the weekend ranked fourth in the TYR/CSCAA Division III poll. The Engineers are heavy favorites to repeat but will be challenged by 23rd-ranked Coast Guard and 25th-ranked WPI. On the women's side, No. 8 MIT comes in as the league's lone nationally-ranked team and is favored to win an eighth consecutive championship. WPI recorded its best finish in school history by coming in second, while Wheaton matched its top showing (third) in program annals at last year's league meet.
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.