Swimming & Diving at the Gompei Invitational
Friday, November 30-Sunday December 2
WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool | Worcester, Mass.
• The Babson 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 morning at WPI.
• The meet, which concludes on Sunday night, features 50 events and a combined men's and women's team score.
• Friday, Nov. 30: 9 a.m. trials, 5:30 p.m. finals
• Saturday, Dec. 1: 9 a.m. trials, 5:30 p.m. finals
• Sunday, Dec. 2: 9 a.m. trials, 5 p.m. finals
2017 GOMPEI INVITATIONAL RECAP
• The Beavers totaled 735 points to finish 12th overall, while Rowan won the event by 62 points over second place WPI.
• Junior Alex Damiecki set a new school record in the 100 IM on his way to finishing seventh in the finals, while sophomore Kevin Luu was first in qualifying and was the runner-up in the finals of the 50 backstroke.
• Junior Jack Lucero qualified for the A final and finished 10th in both the 400 IM and 1650 free, while classmate Tirza Rentovich came in seventh in the 50 breaststroke and third in the B final of the 100 free to lead the Babson women.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Beavers (5-4) won their final four dual meets of the fall and are coming off a 114-108 victory over Clark on November 17.
• Senior Tessa Amoroso was victorious in both diving events and first-year Elizabeth Demoine touched the wall first in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke to lead the Green and White.
• Sophomore Celine Nie came in first and recorded the team's top time of the season in the 100 back (1:04.50), while first-year Stella Hu posted Babson's top time of the year in the 200 free (2:05.64) against the Cougars.
• First-year Andrea Hamel recorded a runner-up showing the in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:08.75.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Beavers (5-1) are coming off a 150-71 triumph over Clark that included victories by eight different swimmers.
• First-year Walter Lehneis won both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, while junior Michael Cerny (50 free), sophomore Lachlan Dibbayawan (100 free, first-year Ethan Yoo (200 free), Lucero (500 free) and sophomore Connor O'Brien (1000 free) came in first as the Green and White swept the freestyle events.
• Damiecki won the 100 butterfly and first-year Aaron Huynh recorded a first-place result in the 100 backstroke.
• Damiecki, who holds school records in the 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and 100 IM, currently owns the second fastest time among NEWMAC swimmers in the 100 fly (51.05) and the eighth best time in the league in the 200 fly (1:58.74).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
• No. 13 Rowan will look to defend last year's title, while the host Engineers and 25th-ranked Stevens will be the top Division III programs competing this weekend.
• Brandeis, Clark and Roger Williams are the other Division III participants along with Division I programs Bryant and Vermont, and four local Division II teams.
BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE
• Both Babson's men and women have been strengthened by a number of strong performances from first-year swimmers this fall, highlighted by Huynh setting a school record in the 50 backstroke in the opening meet of the year.
• Huynh ranks in the top five among NEWMAC competitors in the 100 free, 200 free and 1000 free, while Lehneis has recorded the second fastest time in the 400 IM (4:23.94) and the eighth best time in the 200 IM.
• On the women's side, Demoine's time of 33.85 currently ranks fourth in the 50 breaststroke.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
• Live results will be available through the three day event and live video will be available for the evening session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
• The Beavers will break for exams and the holidays following the three-day meet before returning to competition against Coast Guard and Wellesley on January 10.