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Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving Returns from Break to Face Wellesley, Coast Guard

Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving Returns from Break to Face Wellesley, Coast Guard

Swimming & Diving at Wellesley
Men vs. Coast Guard | Women vs. Wellesley/Coast Guard
Thursday, January 10 | 1 p.m.
Chandler Pool | Wellesley, Mass.

THE SETUP
• Babson returns from break to compete for the first time since December 2 on Thursday afternoon.
• The men will take on Coast Guard in a dual meet, while the women's squad will face the Bears and Wellesley in a double-dual meet.

SERIES HISTORY
Vs. Wellesley
• The Beavers have dropped 11 straight meets against the Blue.

Vs. Coast Guard
• The Babson men are looking for their first win over the Bears since 2002.
• Coast Guard has been victorious in 19 straight meets against Babson's women.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Alex Damiecki won the 200 butterfly and helped the Green and White record a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay in last year's 152-72 loss to Coast Guard on January 11.
• Sophomore Celine Nie was the runner-up in the 1000 free, junior Tirza Rentovich placed third in the 50 free, and senior Tessa Amoroso recorded third-place finishes in both diving events as the Beavers suffered losses to both Wellesley (179-59) and Coast Guard (171-55).

SCOUTING THE BLUE
• Wellelsey (3-0) returns to action for the first time since finishing fifth at the MIT Invitational back in early December.
• First-year Jessica Wegner won the A final in 100 butterfly with a program-record time of 56.44 and also finished fifth in the 100 backstroke.
• Sophomore Hannah May added a fifth-place result in the A final of the 200 free for the Blue, which defeated Wheaton, Simmons and Mount Holyoke in dual-meet action back in November.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• The Coast Guard women (3-1) return to action after finishing second at the Connecticut Cup back on December 1.
• Senior Kristen Durham-Young came in first in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, classmate Celia Marzinsky won the 100 free and 200 fly, and first-year Josie McGuire was victorious in both the 500 and 1650 free.
• The Bears' 16th-ranked men's squad (5-0) are coming off a win in the five-team Connecticut Cup last month.
• Senior Patrick Jackson (50 back, 100 butterfly, 100 back) and first-year Devin McCune (200 free, 500 free, 200 back) both won three races apiece.
• Senior Chasse Soderman, who was part of Coast Guard's win in the 200 medley relay, owns the NEWMAC's top time of the season (26.34) in the 50 breaststroke.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• The Babson women (5-4) and men (6-1) are coming off a combined 10th-place finish at the Gompei Invitational back on December 2.
• First-year Abigail Voce finished fifth in the A final of the 100 free, was 10th in the 50 free, and combined with Nie and fellow rookies Stella Hu and Elizabeth Demoine to break a 10-year-old school record with a time of 3:41.44 in the 400 free relay.
• Amoroso also had a strong weekend for the Beavers, totaling a career-best score of 410.00 on the 3-meter diving board to finish fourth overall in addition to qualifying for the NCAA regional championships for the first time.
• First-year Aaron Huynh broke his own school record in the 50 backstroke, set a new school mark with a time of 1:42.43 to finish second in the 200 free, and also came in eighth in the 100 free to lead the men's squad.
• Damiecki placed sixth in the 100 fly and ninth in the 200 breast, while junior Jack Lucero (10th, 1650 free) and sophomores Kevin Luu (10th, 50 back) and Taras Polakoff (9th, 200 back) all qualified for the A final in their respective events over the course of the three-day event.

PREPPING FOR A BUSY STRETCH
• Babson, which returned from a week-long training trip in the Florida Keys on Wednesday, will compete in four meets over 10 days beginning on Thursday at Wellesley. The Beavers visit NEWMAC foe Wheaton on Saturday, travel to Bentley on January 15, and will head to Gordon on January 19.

BUILDING THE ENGINE
• Entering the second half of the season, 10 different Babson athletes have results that rank among the top 10 for NEWMAC competitors.
• Huynh leads the team with three top 10s as he ranks sixth in the 200 free (1:42.57) and 50 back (23.87) and eighth in the 500 free (10:08.32).
• Demoine (50 butterfly, 100 IM), Damiecki (100 IM, 100 butterfly) and first-year Walter Lehnis (200 breast, 100 IM) all own two apiece.

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