CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Babson College swimming and diving teams wrapped up their season at the 2013 NEWMAC Championships on Sunday. The men finished the three-day event in fifth place overall, while the women placed 10th.
Three program records fell in the women's half of the meet, including two marks in the evening's opening event. Sophomore Kendall Ford placed 15th overall in the grueling 1650 freestyle, finishing with a record-setting time of 18:54.41 - taking more than 23 seconds off the previous mark of 19:17.46 set by Meaghan Rhode two years ago. In addition, Ford's 1000-yard split was 11:23.47 - edging Rhode's school record of 11:23.52 set back in 2008-09.
Sophomore Erica Riccardi added her second record-setting performance of the weekend in the 200 backstroke, where she twice broke her own program mark of 2:10.61 set last winter. She finished in 2:10.60 in the prelims, and then finished sixth overall in the finals with a new Babson standard of 2:09.94.
Other top performances for the women came in the 400 free relay, where sophomore Ascia Johnson, Ford, senior Bryn Powell, and Riccardi placed ninth overall, and the 1-meter diving competition, where junior Mika Cucullo, senior Nevart Varadian, and senior Flynn Lincoln placed 14th, 16th, and 18th, respectively.
On the men's side of the meet, first-year An Truong broke two more school records while earning second team All-Conference honors in the 1650 free. His final time of 16:16.62 was nearly 20 seconds faster than junior Isaac Breen-Franklin's former mark of 16:36.39 set two years ago, and his 1000-yard split of 9:51.02 broke his own school record of 9:54.09 set earlier this winter. The rookie sensation's second-place finish in the 1650 made him Babson's first All-Conference honoree since Aaron Paradis in 2010, and his finishing time of 16:16.62 resulted in his third NCAA "B" cut qualification of the weekend.
Sophomore Steven Jacobi also swam well on Sunday, falling just shy of his own program record in finishing seventh in the 200 breaststroke. First-year Chris Roan added ninth-place effort in the 200 fly, junior Rene Del Castillo finished in a tie for 10th place in the 200 backstroke, and the quartet of Breen-Franklin, Roan, senior Michael Flaherty, and Truong placed fifth in the 400 free relay. The diving competition also concluded on Sunday, with sophomore Dominick Tocci placing eighth overall off the 3-meter board.
Click here for video highlights of the women's half of the meet.