Women first joined the Babson swimming and diving program in 1974-75, when Christine Lazuk, Shurley Choy, Kathy Seufert, and Anne Sullivan began competing with the men's team under legendary head coach Bob Hartwell. A few individuals continued to swim alongside their male counterparts until 1985-86, when Babson began sponsoring a women's swimming and diving team for the first time at the varsity level. In their first season of competition, the women went 2-7 and placed 19th at the New England Championships.
In the years that followed, the Babson women posted a number of strong seasons, including a program-record nine victories in 1991-92. The following year saw the Beavers produce their first-ever All-American, as diver Jordana Schneiderman qualified for the NCAA National Championsihps and earned Honorable Mention status in the 3-meter event. As a result, Babson tied for 40th out of 52 schools in the team standings. Schneiderman returned to nationals in her senior season of 1994-95, where she earned her second All-America award in the 3-meter competition and single-handedly placed the Beavers 56th in the team standings. To date, she is the only female All-America honoree in Babson swimming and diving history.
The program would continue to boast outstanding divers over the course of the next decade, as Lisa McAndless '97 and Anne Gordon '04 both provisionally qualified for nationals during their stellar careers. McAndless also placed second in the 1-meter event and third in the 3-meter competition at the 1997 NEW 8 Championships, while Gordon placed third in the 3-meter at the 2004 NEWMAC Championships.
The Meg Lynch Era
The fall of 2004 marked the arrival of program great Meg Lynch '08, who would eventually establish herself as one of the greatest swimmers in Babson history. In her freshman season, she joined Rachael Bishop '07 in becoming the program's first-ever conference champions and All-NEWMAC honorees at the league's championship meet. Lynch took the conference crown in both the 200 IM and 200 fly, while Bishop won the 100 breastroke. With this stellar duo leading the way, the Beavers placed fifth overall at the competition - the best finish in program history.
Lynch would be even better in her sophomore season of 2005-06, when she won three more conference titles by winning the 100 fly, 200 fly, and the 200 IM at NEWMACs. As a result, she became the program's first-ever NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year honoree, and she became the school's first female to qualify for and participate at the NCAA National Championships in a swimming event that winter. Lynch would go on to win two more league titles in the 200 IM and 10 fly in 2006-07 and another in the 200 IM in 2007-08, as she graduated with eight NEWMAC Championships, 11 All-Conference awards, 16 program records (11 individual and five relay), and the distinction of having scored more points than any other individual during her four years at the conference meet.
Babson swimmers have continued to excel in recent years. Twelve of the program's 25 event records have been set in the last four seasons, including seven set at the 2012 NEWMAC Championships.
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