BRUNSWICK, Maine—The Babson College swimming and diving teams each dropped a pair of decisions on Saturday, falling to nationally-ranked MIT and host Bowdoin at Greason Pool. The men were defeated 205-90 by the Polar Bears and 240-57 by the Engineers, who are the top-ranked team in Division III. The women lost to Bowdoin, 216-61, and fell to seventh-ranked MIT, 233-49.
The women were led by junior Erica Riccardi (Los Angeles, Calif.), the reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Swimmer of the Week, who posted three top-five finishes on Saturday. The standout junior came in fourth in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and also was fifth with a time of 25.63 in the 50-yard freestyle.
First-year diver Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) had the Beavers top two finishes of the afternoon, coming in second in the 1-meter diving event, and finishing third at the 3-meter height. Junior Kendall Ford (Geneva, Ill.) finished fifth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:21.46, and first-year Madeline Dupre (Fiskdale, Mass.) posted a fifth-place result in the 1000-yard freestyle. Additionally, classmate Mallory Ham (Norwalk, Conn.) recorded a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.06.
On the men's side, first-year Bill Kim (McLean, Va.) was fifth in both the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, while also posting a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Senior Isaac Breen-Fraklin (Severna Park, Md.) also recorded three top-seven finishes, placing fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, sixth in the 200 free, and seventh in the 500 free.
Senior Steven Jacobi (Cranbury, N.J.) came in fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.09, classmate Rene Del Castillo (Cancun, Mexico) finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke, while junior Lenny Brown (Somerville, Mass.) and first-year Anton Pronichenko (Palisades, Calif.) were sixth in the 50 free and 100 back, respectively. Sophomore An Truong (West Roxbury, Mass.) came in sixth in the 500-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly.
Saturday's meet was the final competition of the fall semester for the Babson men, while the women's team will return to action on Tuesday, December 3 when it hosts Simmons at 6 p.m.