BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College senior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) and junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) were recognized for their success in the pool and the classroom when they earned College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team honorable mention honors last week.
The CSCAA named more than 1,200 athletes from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA to its first team, while Amoroso and Damiecki were two of 890 competitors to collect honorable mention accolades. First-team honorees must achieve a grade-point average of at least 3.50 and compete at their respective organization's national championships. Honorable mention selections must also achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher and achieve a "B" time standard or compete at an NCAA Regional Diving Championship.
Amoroso qualified for the NCAA Regional Diving Championships with her score of 410.00 on the 3-meter board at WPI's Gompei Invitational in early December, and then posted a career-best score of 418.50 to place eighth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships in February. She placed 15th on the 3-meter event and came in 16th on the 1-meter board with a season-best score of 387.40 at regionals.
Damiecki put together a terrific campaign that included setting three individual school records and in addition to being part of three more program marks in the relays. He achieved the first NCAA B-cut time of his career (49.38) as part of a school-record on the way to finishing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at the NEWMAC Championships, and added a sixth-place finish in the 200-butterfly in a program-record time of 1:52.81. Damiecki had previously set a new mark (22.91) in the 50-yard butterfly in a dual meet against Bridgewater State on February 2.
In all, the Beavers broke 14 school records at the conference meet as both the men (4th) and women (7th) recorded their highest finishes since 2012.