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Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving at the WPI Invitational

Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving at the WPI Invitational

Swimming & Diving at the WPI Invitational
Friday-Sunday, December 2-4
WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool—Worcester, Mass.

The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams will compete at the three-day WPI Gompei Invitational beginning on Friday night in Worcester. The meet, which will conclude on Sunday night, features 20 men's and women's events.

The meet will begin with the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 1650 free on Friday night at 6 p.m., and will be followed by preliminary races at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's finals begin at 5 p.m. and Sunday's finals get underway at 4:30 p.m.

The Beavers (3-3) enter their final event of the first semester coming off a 161-69 win over NEWMAC rival Clark on November 19. The Green and White won all 14 swimming events against the Cougars, led by multiple victories from seniors Kevin Shivers and Anton Pronichenko, juniors Alex Grant and Mitchell Posk, and first-year Jack Lucero. Lucero has touched the wall first in a team-high eight races this season, which includes four wins apiece in both the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle. Pronichenko (100 breast), Posk (100 free), Grant (100 butterfly), Shivers (100 back) and first-year Alex Damiecki (200 IM) have all recorded two victories apiece in their respective events.

The Beavers (0-8) are coming off a 142-95 loss to Clark in a dual meet back on November 19. Babson got victories from senior Paris Ekman on the 1- and 3-meter diving boards and first-year Tirza Rentovich in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle to go along with runner-up finishes in six of 16 events. Ekman owns five wins this season in the 1-meter event as well as two more on the 3-meter board, while Rentovich has posted seven victories in four different events, including three in the 50 free. Sophomore Maria Orive touched the wall first in the 500 free against the Cougars for her first win of the season. Seniors Madeline Dupre and Mallory Ham have combined to finished second on six occasions over the Beavers' first five meets.

Shivers was selected as the NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Year after posting a pair of victories against Clark, while Ekman received Co-Diver of the Week honors on November 21 after recorded wins on both the 1- and 3-meter boards against both Simmons and the Cougars.

The Beavers are making the second of three appearances at WPI this season when they compete in the Gompei Invitational. They took part in a series of dual meets against the Engineers, Brandeis and Smith back on November 4, and will return in late February for the NEWMAC Championships.