WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's swimming & diving team broke a pair of individual school records and its second program record in a relay of the weekend on day three of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday at WPI.
The Beavers picked up 114 points on Saturday to maintain its fifth-place position with 291 points through 14 events. The Green and White is one point clear of sixth-place Springfield, while nationally-ranked MIT enjoys a 259-point lead over Coast Guard entering the final six events of the meet on Sunday.
Senior Anton Pronichenko (Palisades, Calif.) and first-year Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) were Babson's top performers on Saturday as both set new individual marks in their respective events in the morning before teaming with senior Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.) and junior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) to post a school record in the final event of the night, the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet came in sixth overall with a time of 1:34.75 to break a record set back in 2015 by 0.78 seconds.
Damiecki opened the day by touching the wall with a time of 50.87 in the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly that not only earned him a spot in the 'A' final, but also broke Chris Roan's '16 school record set back in 2013 by nearly a second. Damiecki bettered his new school mark in the finals, coming in seventh with a time of 50.65.
Pronichenko, who was part of the Beavers' 400-yard medley relay record on Friday night touched the wall with a school-record time of 57.97 in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke. After qualifying with the seventh best time, he came in 10th in the 'A' final with a time of 58.12.
Shivers came in third in the 'B' final (13th overall) of the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.15, while first-year Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Fla.) made the 'B' final in the 400-yard IM and finished 14th overall with a time of 4:15.15. Posk also reached the 'B' final in the 200-yard freestyle, where his time of 1:47.25 was good for 15th position.
First-year Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) made the 'B' final in the 100 backstroke and finished 17th overall with a time of 58.24. He also came in 24th in the prelims of the 100 butterfly, while classmate Louis NeJame (Duxbury, Mass.) reached the 'B' final in the 100 breaststroke and came in 20th overall with a time of 1:04.98.
Babson returns to the pool for the final day of competition on Sunday at 10 a.m.