WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to set five school records while recording four top-two finishes on the opening day of the Gompei Invitational at WPI's Sports & Recreation Center Pool on Friday.
The Beavers totaled 639.5 points on day one of the three-day meet and are currently sitting in ninth place. Defending champion Bryant, one of two Division I programs competing, is first with 2,393 points, while 17th-ranked Rowan (1,827) and Division II Bentley (1,439) sit in second and third place, respectively.
The Babson men were led by the duo of sophomore Aaron Huynh (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and first-year Charles Wang (San Marino, Calif.), who were a part of four different school records. Huynh recorded a new school mark (20.94) in the 50-yard freestyle prelims and then finished second in the A final with a time of 21.01. Wang placed first in the prelims and then broke his own record with a time 1:51.87 to come in second in the 200-yard IM A final.
The duo paired up with senior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) and first-year Alvin Oentoro (Houston, Texas) to record a school-record time of 6:52.15 on the way to finishing first in the 800-yard freestyle relay, which included Wang leading off with a time of 1:40.80 to set a new school mark in the 200-yard freestyle.
Damiecki finished second in the A final of the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 50.16, while senior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Oentoro placed 10th and 12th, respectively, in the 1650 free. First-year Mark Fanelli (La Cañada, Calif.) qualified for the B final in the 200-yard breaststroke and came in seventh with a season-best time of 2:14.58, and also qualified for the C final in the 200 IM where he placed second, touching the wall with his top time of the year (2:00.91).
Junior Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) qualified for a pair of C finals, finishing second with a time of 22.05 in the 50 free and 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.65.
The Babson women were led by first-year Caitlin Caron (Cheshire, Conn.), who set a new school record in the grueling 1650 free with her time of 18:41.49. Sophomore Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) posted her top time of the year in the 50-yard freestyle prelims (24.98) to reach the B final, were she finished ninth with a time of 25.14.
Sophomore Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) and first-year Angela Li (Belmont, Mass.) touched the wall less than a second apart to qualify for the B final in the 200-yard breaststroke. Demoine came in third with a season-best time of 2:33.11, while Li placed eighth with her top time of the year (2:34.84).
Senior Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) recorded her top time of the year in the 50 free prelims (25.12) and came in seventh in the C final with a time of 25.48. First-year Lindsay Nowak (Charlotte, N.C.) qualified for the C final in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:01.01 and placed seventh in the evening session, touching the wall in a time of 1:01.38.
The Beavers return to the pool on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.