CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Five different swimmers recorded their top times of the season in a pair of freestyle events and junior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) put together the best performance of her career on the 3-meter diving board to highlight day two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships for Babson College on Friday at MIT.
The Beavers picked up 45 points and are currently in 10th place with 75 points through seven events. The host Engineers hold a commanding 156.5-point lead over second-place Springfield College.
Despite narrowly missing the finals of the 3-meter diving event, Amoroso finished with an 11-dive score of 391.40 to place 11th overall. Friday's result also shattered her previous 11-dive mark of 362.80 set back in December 2016 at WPI's Gompei Invitational.
Babson's top individual swimming performance of the day came from sophomore Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.), who qualified for the B final in the 50-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 25.03 in the prelims. Rentovich later came in fifth in the final with a time of 25.23.
Sophomore Jordan Mailly (Glastonbury, Conn.) just missed qualifying for the B final in the 500-yard freestyle, coming in 22nd in the prelims with a season-best time of 5:25.04. Juniors Olivia Gilbert (Portland, Maine) and Maria Orive (Guatemala City, Guatemala) also recorded their top times of the year in the 500 free prelims.
The Green and White recorded a pair of strong performances in the relays, coming in eighth in both the 200 free to start the evening and the 400 medley to conclude the night. Rentovich and first-years Natalia Gowan (San Antonio, Texas), Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) and Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) posted a time of 1:43.42 in the 200 free relay, while Rentovich, Nie, Gowan and Mailly touched the wall with a time of 4:13.08 in the 400 medley event.
The Beavers return to the pool for day three of the conference meet on Saturday at 10 a.m.