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Men's Swimming & Diving Breaks 400 Medley Relay School Record at NEWMAC Championship

Men's Swimming & Diving Breaks 400 Medley Relay School Record at NEWMAC Championship

WORCESTER, Mass.—Led by a number of strong individual performances, including a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay, the Babson College men's swimming & diving team picked up 122 points to move into fifth place on day two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Friday at MIT.

The Beavers have 177 points through the first seven events of the meet and sit seven points ahead of Springfield College and own a 67-point lead over Clark University. Nationally-ranked MIT sits in first place, 150 points ahead of the second-place Coast Guard Academy.

On a day when the Green and White earned points in four of five events, it saved the best performance for last as the quartet of senior Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.), classmate Anton Pronichenko (Palisades, Calif.), junior Ross Ojerholm (Worcester, Mass.) and first-year Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) touched the wall with a time of 3:29.41 to set a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay. Their time was more than two seconds ahead of the program's 2013 mark and helped them finish sixth overall in the 'A' final.

Damiecki and Shivers also teamed with junior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and first-year Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) to come in third in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle to open the evening session. The Beavers' time of 1:26.33 was less than a second off the school record set during the 1995-96 campaign.

The top individual finish of the day belonged to first-year Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who came in seventh with a season-best time of 4:42.55 in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Alex Grant (St. Petersburg, Fla.) came in fourth in the 'B' final and 14th overall in the event with a time of 4:52.74.

Posk touched the wall with a time of 21.54 in the 50 free prelims and then came in seventh in the 'B' final with a time of 21.86. Damiecki finished 10th in the 'B' final with a time of 22.25, while Cerny's preliminary time of 22.15 was just 0.21 seconds outside the cut line.

Babson returns to the pool for seven events on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

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