WORCESTER, Mass.—First-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) broke his own school record in the 50-yard backstroke and the Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams had 12 competitors qualify for the finals to highlight its strong performance on day one of the Gompei Invitational at WPI.
The Beavers totaled 457 points in 16 events on Friday and are currently in 10th place overall. Defending champions Rowan own an 81.50-point lead over second-place Bryant, while the host Engineers are another 50 points back in third in the combined men's and women's team score event.
The top performance of the day came from Huynh, who shattered his previous mark in the 50 backstroke by leading off with a time of 23.87 in the 200 medley relay to help the Green and White finish eighth with a time of 1:34.90. Huynh also tied for 10th in the prelims of the 50 free and later placed third in the B final with a season-best time of 21.63, in addition to coming in fourth in the B final of the 100 butterfly behind his top time of the year (51.90).
Junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) recorded the fifth fastest time in the prelims (50.89) and finished sixth in the A final of the 100 butterfly. First-year Walter Lehneis (Hackettstown, N.J.) qualified for the A final in the 200 breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:09.65 and came in ninth in the finals. His time was just 0.21 seconds behind Steven Jacobi's '14 school record set back in 2014.
Junior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished 10th overall in the 1650 free and was one of three Babson swimmers to qualify for the C final in the 200 IM. Lucero qualified with a season-best time of 2:04.06 before coming in 10th in the finals, first-year Aiden Asuncion-Duong (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) posted a 2:04.65 qualifying time and was ninth the finals, and sophomore Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) better his time in the prelims by 0.33 seconds to place seventh in 2:04.33.
Sophomore Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) came in 10th in the B final after posting a season-best time of 21.86 in the prelims of the 50 free. First-year Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) qualified for the B final in the 200 breaststroke with his top time of the year (2:15.48) and later came in ninth in the finals. He was also part of the Beavers' eighth-place showing in the 200 medley relay and the team's 11th-place finish along with Lehneis, Huynh and Damiecki in the 800 free relay.
Senior Kenneth Mun (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) qualified for the C final in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.08 and placed 10th in the finals.
The Babson women had three individuals qualify for the finals on day one, highlighted by first-year Abigail Voce's (Oxford, N.Y.) 10th-place finish in the A final of the 50 free. She qualified eighth in Friday morning's prelims thanks to a season-best time of 24.74.
Senior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) finished 11th with an 11-dive score of 350.85 on the 1-meter diving board, while first-year Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) qualified for the C final in the 200 breaststroke and posted a season-best time of 2:33.88 to come in fifth in the finals. The Beavers' top relay team of Voce, Demoine, sophomore Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) and first-year Stella Hu (Wellesley, Mass.) came in 18th in the 800 free relay and placed 22nd overall in the 200 medley relay.
Babson returns to the pool for day two of the Gompei Invitational at 9 a.m. on Saturday.