WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College women's swimming & diving team set a pair of school records and recorded three top-10 finishes on the final day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Sunday at WPI's Sports and Recreation Center Pool.
The Beavers picked up 84 points on Sunday and came in seventh overall with 272 points at the four-day conference meet. The point total is the program's highest since 2005 and the seventh-place finish is Babson's best since 2012. Seventh-ranked MIT captured its ninth consecutive title, while Wheaton and Coast Guard finishe second and third, respectively.
The final day of the championships was highlighted by two school records during Sunday's finals. First-year Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) qualified for the A final in the 100 free where she came in eighth with a time of 53.55, which was less than a tenth of a second faster than junior Tirza Rentovich's (Harrisburg, Pa.) mark set during last year's conference meet.
Voce and Rentovich were both part of the Beavers' final record of the weekend as they teamed with first-years Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) and Stella Hu (Wellesley, Mass.) to record a school-record time of 3:37.92 while finishing seventh in the 400 free relay.
Outside of the school records, the top finish of the final day came from senior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.), who placed eighth in the 3-meter diving event with a career-best 11-dive score of 418.50 in the finals. Rentovich posted her best time of the year by more than five seconds in the 100 free prelims and then bettered it again to place sixth in the B final after touching the wall in 54.24.
First-year Caroline Daskalakis (Belmont, Mass.) registered a season-best time of 2:43.70 in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke, while sophomore Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) posted a time of 2:15.86 in the 200 back prelims.
• In addition to the two records on Sunday, the Beavers set new school marks in the 800 free relay on Thursday and the 200 free relay on Friday.
• Babson's 272 points are the program's highest total since 2005, when it finished with 303.
• The Beavers, who had placed 10th in six consecutive seasons from 2013-18, placed as high as seventh for just the fourth time since 2008.