WORCESTER, Mass.—First-year Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) set his second individual school record in as many days and the Babson College swimming & diving team totaled its most points since 2014 on its way to finishing sixth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWAMC) Championship on Sunday at the WPI Sports and Recreation Center.
The Beavers earned 98 points on Sunday and finished the weekend with 389, leaving them just two points shy of fifth-place Springfield. Nationally-ranked MIT breezed to its ninth consecutive NEWMAC title, while Coast Guard edged WPI for second place.
Damiecki, who set a school mark in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday and was a part of two Babson relay records over the weekend, touched the wall with a time of 23.26 in a 50-yard butterfly time trial to break Tom Foutsizis' 2012 time of 23.47. He also reached the 'B' final of the 100-yard freestyle and finished 10th with a time of 48.94.
First-year Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) capped a stellar rookie campaign by finishing fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:31.52. Junior Alex Grant (St. Petersburg, Fla.) came in 13th overall in the 1650 free with a time of 17:30.85, and also reached the 'B' final of the 200-yard butterfly, where he placed fifth with a time of 1:59.55.
Senior Anton Pronichenko (Palisades, Calif.), who was a part of three school records at the conference meet, reached the 'B' final of the 200-yard breaststroke and came in fourth with a time of 2:10.27. Classmate Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.) came in sixth in the 'B' final of the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:58.66, while junior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) came in seventh in the 'B' final of the 100-yard freestyle, posting a time of 48.94.
The Green and White capped the weekend with a sixth-place showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay as the team of Posk, Lucero, junior Ross Ojerholm (Worcester, Mass.) and first-year Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) touched the wall with a time of 3:12.48.