BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Babson College men's swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 124-97 win over visiting WPI in the Beavers' home opener at the Morse Swimming Center on Saturday. The Babson women lost their half of the meet, falling to the Engineers by a score of 125-109.
The Beavers finished first in 11 events in the men's portion of the meet, including two individuals wins apiece for sophomore Isaac Breen-Franklin, sophomore Steven Jacobi, and senior Ryan Pope. Breen-Franklin won both the 200 free and 500 free while placing second in the 1000 free. Jacobi added victories in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke, while Pope garnered first-place points in the uncontested 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Other winners on the men's side included junior Joe Kent in the 50 free, junior Greg Bissett in the 100 free, and sophomore Rene Del Castillo in the 200 back. The 400 medley and 400 free relay teams also finished first for the Beavers, with Kent and first-year Aaron Pomeroy swimming in each.
The women's half of the meet saw Babson claim four first-place finishes to go with eight runner-up performances. First-year Erica Riccardi enjoyed a record-setting day for the Beavers, winning the 50 free in 25.92 seconds and then finishing first in the 200 back in 2:14.61 - breaking the program record of 2:16.41 formerly held by senior teammate Mallory Mosk. Senior Nikita Nadkarni added a win in the 200 breaststroke, while she and Riccardi joined Mosk and senior Brittany Bishop on Babson's victorious 400 medley relay team.
First-year Kendall Ford chipped in with second-place efforts in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 500 free for the Babson women, while Bishop took second in the 50 free, Mosk placed second in the 200 IM, and senior Meaghan Rohde came in second in the 1000 free. Sophomore diver Mika Cucullo also performed well in her first meet of the season, as she placed second off both the one-meter and three-meter boards.