WORCESTER, Mass.—First-year Charles Wang (San Marino, Calif.) was a part of four school records as the Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams wrapped up the three-day Gompei Invitational on Sunday inside the WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool.
The Beavers scored 587 points on Sunday and finished in ninth place with a total of 1,866 points. Both the point total and ninth-place showing are the program's best in four years of competing at the Gompei Invitational. Division I Bryant University won the event for the second year in a row, while No. 17 Rowan and WPI came in second and third, respectively.
Wang wrapped up a remarkable weekend with three individual marks and another in a relay. He won the A final of the 100-yard IM with a school-record time of 51.58 and came in second in the A final of the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.72. He swam the opening leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay and clocked in at 45.89 over 100 yards to break Ramon Lopez's '02 mark by almost a half-second, and teamed up with first-year Alvin Oentoro (Houston, Texas), junior Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) and sophomore Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to break the previous mark with a time of 3:07.70.
Huynh took second place in the A final of the 100 free with a time of 46.57 and later added a fourth-place showing in the A final of the 100 IM with a time of 53.23. In addition to his work with the 400 free relay squad, Oentoro won the C final with a time of 4:47.57 in the 500 free.
Senior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished seventh in the B final of the 500 free (4:51.80) and 10th in the B final of the 200 butterfly (2:04.63), first-year Benjamin Wei (Taipei, Taiwan) came in ninth in the B final of the 50 breaststroke (28.58), and senior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) came in third in the B final of the 200 butterfly, touching the wall with a time of 1:56.65. Junior Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) and first-year Mark Fanelli (La Cañada, Calif.) finished first and third, respectively, in the C final of the 200 back, while sophomore Aiden Asuncion-Duong (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) clocked in at 2:03.76 to come in fifth in the C final of the 200 butterfly.
The Babson women enjoyed another strong day as eight different swimmers qualified for the finals in six individual events. Sophomore Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) placed third in the B final of the 100 free with a time of 54.05 and later won the B final of the 100-yard IM by touching the wall in a time of 1:03.37.
Senior Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) also qualified for two finals, coming in ninth in the B final of the 50 breaststroke with a time of 32.55 and finishing fourth in the C final of the 100 free with a time of 55.18. Sophomore Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) produced the top finish of the day for the Beavers as she came in fourth and narrowly missed a school record with her time of 1:01.44 in the A final of the 100 IM.
Junior Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) and first-year Molly Cox (Orange, Conn.) came in third and fifth, respectively, in the B final of the 200 backstroke, while fellow rookie Lindsay Nowak (Charlotte, N.C.) finished second in the B final of the 200 butterfly. First-year Angela Li (Belmont, Mass.) placed sixth in the B final of the 50 breaststroke, while classmate Caitlin Caron (Cheshire, Conn.) finished sixth in the C final of the 500 free.
Babson will return to competition on January 10 when it travels to Wellesley to take on Coast Guard and the host Blue at 1 p.m.