BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams got their season off to a successful start on Saturday afternoon, combining to win 12 events in a dual meet against UMass-Dartmouth. The men's team cruised to a 131-72 victory, while the women were defeated, 136-81, by the Corsairs at Morse Pool.
In the men's portion of the meet, the Beavers won nine of 11 individual events in addition to winning the 200-yard medley relay. First-year Alex Grant (St. Petersburg, Fla.) had a tremendous debut for the Green and White, winning both the 1000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley to go along with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
Junior An Truong (West Roxbury, Mass.) edged senior Aaron Pomeroy (Cottage Grove, Wis.) in the 200-yard freestyle and was also victorious in the 500 free. Senior Lenny Brown (Somerville, Mass.) topped classmate Ashish Golconda (Marlboro, N.J.) in the 50 free, junior Andrew Wen(Boxborough, Mass.) came in first in the 100-yard butterfly, and senior Paris Waranimman (Pebble Beach, Calif.) collected a win in the 100-yard freestyle.
Sophomore Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.) came in first in the 100-yard backstroke, and seniors Dominick Tocci (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Brock Donnelly (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) finished first and second in the 1-meter diving competition.
In the women's event, the Green and White won three races and posted six runner-up finishes. Sophomore Madeline Dupre (Fiskdale, Mass.) had a terrific season debut, winning the 1000-yard freestyle to go along with second-place results in both the 500 free and 100-yard breaststroke.
Senior Ascia Johnson (North Brunswick, N.J.) was victorious in the 50 free, and classmate Kendall Ford (Geneva, Ill.) edged first-year Reilly Robbins (Centerville, Mass.) by one-one hundredth of a second to claim the 100-yard butterfly. Johnson also came in second in the 100 free while Ford and Robbins collected runner-up finishes in the 200 IM and 100-yard backstroke, respectively.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Clark at 1 p.m.