Damiecki Breaks Men's 100 IM School Record, Beavers Qualify for Finals in 10 Events at WPI
WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams qualified for the finals in 10 different events and set one school record on the final day of competition at the WPI Gompei Invitational on Sunday.
The Beavers picked up 241 points on the final day of completion to finish 12th overall with a combined team score of 735 points. Rowan edged the host Engineers by 62 points to capture the team title, while Bryant, Stevens and Bentley rounded out the top five for the second year in a row.
The Green and White put together a strong morning session that was highlighted by sophomore Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) setting the third individual school record of his career with a time of 54.22 in the 100-yard individual medley prelims. Damiecki came back on Sunday night and posted a time of 54.26 in the A final to finish seventh overall, which equaled the team's top result of the evening session.
First-year Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) quailed for the A final in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 28.29 and placed ninth overall with a mark of 28.60 in the final. He also reached the C final in the 100-yard freestyle and came in 30th overall with a time of 49.01.
First-year Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) qualified for a pair of C finals, finishing 22nd in both the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.92) and the 100 IM (57.90). Senior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) reached the B final in the 100-yard freestyle where he placed 17th with a time of 48.33, while sophomore Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) earned a berth in the 500 free B final and came in 13th with a time of 4:48.56.
Sophomore Louis NeJame (Duxbury, Mass.) qualified for the B final in the 50-yard breaststroke and comae in 16th overall with a time of 29.77. Senior Jeff Cui (San Ramon, Calif.) placed 22nd overall with a time of 31.31 after reaching the C final in the 50 breaststroke, while classmate Alex Grant (St. Petersburg, Fla.) reached the C final in the 200 butterfly and finished 25th overall with a time of 2:03.66.
The Babson women had their strongest day of the weekend, which was highlighted by sophomore Tirza Rentovich's (Harrisburg, Pa.) performance in the 50-yard breaststroke. After qualifying with a time of 32.75, she came in seventh in the A final by touching the wall in a time of 32.21. Rentovich also made the B final in the 100-yard freestyle and placed 13th overall with a time of 54.79.
First-year Luna Zhang (Auburndale, Mass.) got to the B final in the 50 breaststroke and finished in 18th position with a time of 34.04. Classmate Jordan Mailly (Glastonbury, Conn.) qualified for a pair of C finals and came in 22nd overall in both the 200 backstroke (2:13.07) and 100 IM (1:05.67).
Fellow first-year Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) posted her top times of the year in a pair of events during Sunday morning's trials. She touched the wall with a time of 5:48.90 in the 500 free and posted a time of 34.61 in an exhibition swim in the 50 breaststroke.
Babson will break for exams and the holidays before returning to action in early January. The men will host Springfield in their home opener on January 7 at 1 p.m., while the women will travel to Western New England on January 8 at 5 p.m.