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Swimming & Diving Teams Earn Split At Wheaton Tri-Meet

Swimming & Diving Teams Earn Split At Wheaton Tri-Meet

NORTON, Mass.—The Babson College swimming and diving teams won 12 individual events and a pair of relays as it split a tri-meet at Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon. The men's team beat St. Joseph's (Me.) 235-40 while falling to the host Lyons, 152.5-139.5, and the women's team defeated the Monks 203-60 and fell to Wheaton, 169-119.

Sophomore An Truong (West Roxbury, Mass.) was the Beavers top swimmer on  the day, claiming three victories. Senior Steven Jacobi (Cranbury, N.J.) won a pair of races to go along with a second-place finish, and classmate Isaac Breen-Franklin (Severna Park, Md.) added one victory and one third-place result.

Truong opened the day by winning the 1000-yard freestyle by nearly 12 seconds with a time of 10:19.69. He then posted a time of 4:48.54 to win the 500-yard freestyle by almost six seconds, and grabbed his final win of the day in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.23. The sophomore standout was also part of the Beavers 400-freestyle relay team, along with Breen-Franklin, senior Rene Del Castillo (Cancun, Mexico) and first-year Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.).

Jacobi won the 100-yard breaststroke by almost two seconds with a time of 1:01.25, and followed it up by beating out teammates, sophomore Austen Noh (San Jose, Calif.) and first-year Anton Pronichenko (Palisades, Calif.), to claim the 200-yard breaststroke. Breen-Franklin was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.12, and came in third in the 100 free.

On the women's side, juniors Kendall Ford (Geneva, Ill.) and Erica Riccardi (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the Beavers with two victories apiece. Ford came in first with a time of 2:33.44 in the 200-yard butterfly, and followed it up by posting a time of 2:23.85 to win the 200-yard individual medley. Riccardi cruised to a pair of wins, beating the field by over six seconds in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:14.28, and finished first in the 100-yard backstroke by over three seconds, posting a time of 1:00.91.

Senior Mika Cucullo (South Salem, N.Y.) and first-year Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.) both had strong performances on the diving board as each picked up a win. Cucullo came in first at the 3-meter height with a total score of 252.37, while Ekman, who finished second at three meters, narrowly topped Cucullo at the 1-meter height with a score of 242.39.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Riccardi, junior Ascia Johnson (North Brunswick, N.J.), and first-years Madeline Dupre (Fiskdale, Mass. ) and Mallory Ham (Norwalk, Conn.) were also victorious, putting together a time of 3:57.45 to win by nearly 20 seconds.

The Beavers return to action on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. when they host Bentley.