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Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving vs. Bridgewater State

Meet Preview: Swimming & Diving vs. Bridgewater State

Swimming & Diving vs. Bridgewater State
Thursday, January 19—6 p.m.
Morse Pool—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Bridgewater State will meet for the third consecutive season on Thursday night. The Beavers have dominated the all-time series against the Bears with the men riding a 16-meet winning streak and the women coming out victorious in five of the last seven matchups between the squads.

The Green and White combined to win 14 events as the men defeated Bridgewater State, 130-90, while the women fell to the Bears, 126-93, on January 21, 2016, in Bridgewater. An Truong '16 and Andrew Wen '16 combined to win five races for Babson, which finished first and second in eight of 11 men's swimming events. Sophomore Fernanda Tilkian won the women's 100-yard backstroke, while senior Paris Ekman and sophomore Tessa Amoroso helped the Beavers sweep the top three spots in both diving events.

The Bridgewater State men (3-3) have been off since breaking four school records en route to a first-place finish at the Colby-Sawyer Invitational back on December 3. Junior Richard Smith set new program marks in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke, while first-year Dylon Willis posted a new school record in the 100 breaststroke. The Bears also won both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay at the five-team meet…the Bridgewater State women (0-7) are coming off a second-place finish at the Colby-Sawyer Invitational in early December. Senior Sarah Biltcliffe won the 200 breaststroke and was second in the 100 breaststroke in addition to helping the Bears come in second in the 200 medley relay. Junior Amanda Brennan touched the wall first in the 200 IM to go along with a second-place showing in the 400 IM.

The Babson men (3-6) are coming off a narrow 124-95 loss at Bentley on Tuesday night. Junior Mitchell Posk was victorious in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle before combining with senior Kevin Shivers, classmate Ross Ojerholm and first-year Michael Cerny to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. Senior Anton Pronichenko and first-year Jack Lucero won the 100 breaststroke and 500 free, respectively, while fellow first-year Alex Damiecki recorded a second-place finish in the 200 IM…the Babson women (0-12) enter their regular season finale following a 131-75 loss at Bentley on Tuesday night. Ekman, who won on the 1-meter board, and Rowley, who took the 3-meter competition, swept the top two spots in both diving events, while first-year Tirza Rentovich posted a runner-up finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Madeline Dupre came in third in the 1000 free, sophomore Maria Orive was fourth in the 200 free and first-year Cassandra Collins posted a fourth-place result in the 200 IM for the Beavers.

Ekman, Dupre, Pronichenko, Shivers and fellow seniors Mallory Ham and Catherine Vedovino will compete in their final home meet at Morse Pool on Thursday night.

Lucero posted his best time of the season (1:48.58) to finish third in the 200-yard freestyle on Tuesday night against Bentley, while sophomore Adam Kershner's time of 1:01.54 in the 100-yard backstroke was his best of the season by nearly two full seconds.

The Babson men will wrap up their regular season with a dual meet at Springfield on Saturday as both teams begin final preparations for the four-day NEWMAC Championships, which begin on February 16 at WPI.