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Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving vs. Wellesley/Coast Guard

Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving vs. Wellesley/Coast Guard

Swimming & Diving vs. Wellesley/Coast Guard
Thursday, January 5—1 p.m.
Chandler Pool—Wellesley, Mass.

THE SETUP
Babson returns to the pool for the first time since early December on Thursday as its men take on Coast Guard in a dual meet, while the women's squad faces the Bears and host Wellesley in a double-dual meet at Chandler Pool.

SERIES HISTORY
The Babson women will compete against Coast Guard and Wellesley for the eighth time in the last nine years on Thursday. The Beavers are looking to halt a 15-meet skid against the Bears and have dropped nine straight meets against the Blue. Babson's men will take Coast Guard for the 15th time in the last 17 years and are looking for their first win against the Bears since 2002.

LAST MEETING
The Green and White produced 15 season-best times as the men suffered a 188-80 loss to Coast Guard and the women were defeated by the Bears (232-51) and the host Blue (253-35) on January 7, 2016, in Wellesley. Senior An Truong won the 200-yard IM and was second in both the 200 backstroke and 100 free, while junior Mitchell Posk was the runner-up in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Senior Paris Ekman was the women's top finisher as she finished second on the 1-meter diving board in her season debut.

SCOUTING THE BLUE
Wellesley (1-3) is competing for the first time since finishing fifth at the MIT Invitational back on December 4. Sophomore Cathy Chen put together a terrific weekend for the Blue with eighth-place finishes in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, as well as a third-place finish in the B-final of the 100 backstroke. Classmate Sunny Chiang came in eighth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 400 IM, while senior Maddie Stern and sophomore Karen Wang finished seventh in the 1-meter diving competition and 400 IM, respectively.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
The Coast Guard women (1-3) return to the pool after finishing second in the Connecticut Cup on December 3. Sophomore Kristen Young came in first in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, while classmate Samantha Kenis touched the wall first in the 200 backstroke. Fellow sophomore Celia Marzinsky came in second in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly, and classmate Addy Rutkoske was the runner-up in 50 breast and 100 breast to go along with a third-place showing in the 200 breast…the Coast Guard men (2-1) won their second consecutive Connecticut Cup on December 3 at Wesleyan. The Bears finished first in nine individual events, led by two apiece from junior Ross Garrett (50 and 100 butterfly), sophomore Taylor Rowe (500 and 1650 free) and classmate Chasse Sodemann (50 and 100 breaststroke). Coast Guard also came in first in two of the three relays.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson returns to competition after finishing 10th at the three-day WPI Invitational back on December 4. Ekman came in third on both the 1- and 3-meter board, first-year Tirza Rentovich reached the B final and finished 18th in the 100 IM, and qualified for the C final in the 100 breast, while seniors Madeline Dupre and Mallory Ham narrowly missed reaching the finals in the 1650 free and 200 butterfly, respectively, for the Beavers (0-8)…the Babson men (3-3) qualified for 11 A and B finals, led by first-year Jack Lucero, who recorded three top-10 finishes over the weekend. He came in sixth in the 1650 free and seventh in both the 500 free and 400 IM to go along with a 20th-place result after reaching the B final in the 200 butterfly. Senior Anton Pronichenko made the B final in three events, finishing 15th in the 200 breaststroke, 17th in the 100 IM and 18th in the 100 breaststroke, while first-year Alex Damiecki posted top-20 showings in both the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

ENJOYING THE BREAK…IN PUERTO RICO
The Green and White returned on Wednesday from a nine-day training trip to Puerto Rico. Check out the highlights of the Beavers' trip to San Juan and Rincon on the team's blog.

GETTING TO KNOW THE NEWMAC
Babson, which competed against both Clark and WPI during the fall semester, will take face Wheaton on January 14 in addition to Thursday's meet against Coast Guard and Wellesley. The Beaver men will also face Springfield in a dual meet on January 21.

CHALLENGING STRETCH AHEAD
Thursday's meet is the first of five in 17 days for the Babson men and four in 15 days for the women as they prepare for the NEWMAC Championships, which begin on February 16.

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