WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College women's swimming & diving team set its second school record in as many days and had competitors qualify for the finals in four of six events on the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Friday inside the WPI Sports and Recreation Center Pool.
The Beavers totaled 110 points on day two and sit in eighth place after seven events with 142 points. Seventh-ranked MIT, which has won eight straight conference titles, is in first place and holds a 165-point lead over second-place Wheaton.
Babson's second record of the weekend came in the first even of the night session as junior Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.), sophomore Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) and first-years Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) and Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) posted a time of 1:40.17 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The time was 1.33 seconds better than the previous mark set during the 2012-13 campaign, and helped the Green and White finish sixth in the event.
Voce qualified for the A final in the 50 free with a season-best time of 24.55 in the prelims and came in 10th overall after touching the wall with a time of 24.75 in the finals. Rentovich also competed in the 50 free and qualified for the B final with a career-best time of 24.83. Her time of 24.86 in the finals was good for ninth place.
Senior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) placed 11th in the prelims and later came in 10th with a score of 376.30 in the finals of the 1-meter diving event. Babson's last finals appearance of the night came in the 400-yard medley relay where Nie, Demoine, Voce and first-year Stella Hu (Wellesley, Mass.) came in eighth with a time of 4:09.21.
Senior Maria Orive (Guatemala City, Guatemala) recorded a career-best time of 5:44.38 in the prelims of the 500 free, while sophomore Natalia Gowan (San Antonio, Texas) and first-years Andrea Hamel (Gloucester, Mass.), Rachel Li (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Beatriz Regis (Dorado, Puerto Rico) all posted their best times of the season in the 50 free prelims on Friday morning. Hu and first-year Caroline Daskalakis (Belmont, Mass.) also clocked in with their best times of the year in the prelims of the 500 free and 200 IM, respectively.
Babson returns to the pool on Saturday for day three of the championships beginning at 10 a.m.