CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) set the first school record of her career highlighting another day of strong performances by the Babson College women's swimming & diving team at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships inside the Zesiger Fitness Center and Pool on Sunday at MIT.
The Beavers finished with 203 points, their most since 2014, to finish in 10th place overall. The host Engineers captured their eighth consecutive NEWMAC championship, coming in ahead of second-place Wheaton and third-place Springfield.
Rentovich posted a time of 55.16 in the 100-yard freestyle prelims on Sunday afternoon and followed it up by winning the B final with a school-record time of 53.64 in the evening session. Her result broke the previous mark of 53.83 set during the 2006-07 campaign by Babson Athletics Hall of Famer and eight-time school-record holder Meg Lynch '07.
First-year Jordan Mailly (Glastonbury, Conn.) was the Beavers' lone entry in the 200-yard backstroke, where she posted a time of 2:12.80 in the prelims and finished fifth in the B final with a season-best time of 2:12.52. Mailly and Rentovich were also a part of the squad's eighth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay along with first-years Nataliya Gowan (San Antonio, Texas) and Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.).
Three Babson swimmers took part in the 1650-yard freestyle final and were led by junior Olivia Gilbert (Portland, Maine), who placed 23rd with a time of 19:33.96. First-year Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) came in 26th with a time of 19:50.34, while junior Maria Orive (Guatemala City, Guatemala) was six spots behind her after touching the wall in a time of 20:40.75.
Gowan and Nie were separated by just one one-hundredth of a second in the 100-yard freestyle prelims, while first-year Luna Zhang (Auburndale, Mass.) recorded a season-best time of 2:44.45 in the 200-yard breaststroke prelims. Junior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) also came in 13th overall with an 11-dive score of 353.45 on the 1-meter diving board.