BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams split a dual meet against visiting Bridgewater State University in their regular season home finale on Thursday night at Morse Pool. The Beavers defeated the Bears, 124-104, in the men's dual meet, while the Babson women suffered a 126-90 loss.
On a night when the program honored its six seniors, the Green and White combined to win 15 of 26 events and also recorded 15 runner-up finishes. The Babson women won four events, led by a pair of victories by senior Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.), who posted her top scores of the season on both the 1-meter (277.44) and 3-meter (272.95) diving boards.
Fellow senior Madeline Dupre (Fiskdale, Mass.) was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle and sophomore Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) touched the wall first in the 200 free. The duo also teamed with senior Mallory Ham (Norwalk, Conn.) and sophomore Maria Orive (Guatemala City, Guatemala) to collect a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Orive added a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, Dupre was the runner-up in the 1000 free and sophomore Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) collected a pair of second-place results in the 1- and 3-meter diving events. Ham added a runner-up finish in the 200-yard butterfly and first-year Cassandra Collins (Branford, Conn.) came in second in the 200 IM and third in the 200 breaststroke.
The Babson men dominated the Bears with nine victories and eight second-place finishes in 13 events. First-year Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) won both the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle, junior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) claimed the 50-yard freestyle and first-year Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle. Posk and Damicki also combined with seniors Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.) and Anton Pronichenko (Palisades, Calif.) to win the 200-yard medley relay, and teamed with juniors Alex Grant (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Ross Ojerholm (Worcester, Mass.) to top the field in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Grant was also victorious in both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly, while Shivers claimed the 200-yard backstroke and was second in the 200 free. Pronichenko was the runner-up in both the 50 free and 200 breast, while Lucero capped his night with a second-place finish in the 200 IM.
First-year Jason Trefry (Danvers, Mass.) claimed second place in both diving events, while classmate Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) was the runner-up in the 200 butterfly and came in third in the 50 free. Sophomore Adam Kershner (Scottsdale, Ariz.) came in third in the 200 free and 200 back, and classmate Kenneth Mun (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) finished third in both the 200 IM and 500 free.
The Babson men will conclude their regular season with a dual meet at Springfield on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the women will begin preparations for the NEWMAC Championships, which begin on February 16.