CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Babson College men's swimming & diving team set a pair of school records and had eight different competitors reach the finals on the third day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Saturday at MIT.
The Beavers picked up 122 points on day three of the conference meet and sit in sixth place overall with 317 points. The host Engineers remain in first place with a commanding lead over second-place Coast Guard.
The record-setting day started early as sophomore Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) bettered his own school record with a time of 49.92 in the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly. Damiecki was even better in Saturday's final as he came in sixth overall and shattered his mark again, touching the wall with a time of 49.85.
The second record the night came in the 200-yard medley relay final, where Damiecki, senior Mitchell Posk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and first-years Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) and Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) bettered last year's record with a time of 1:34.40. Damiecki and Posk now own a pair of school records, while Dibbayawan and Luu collected the first of their careers.
Both Damiecki and Dibbayawan qualified for the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke along with junior Kenneth Mun (Hacienda Heights, Calif.). Damiecki came in ninth in the A final with a time of 58.13, while Dibbayawan (59.82) and Mun (1:00.37) placed 14th and 17th, respectively, in the B final.
Sophomore Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) qualified for the A final and came in ninth with a season-best time of 4:09.70 in the 400-yard individual medley. First-year Connor O'Brien (Tempe, Ariz.) was the final qualifier for the B final and posted a season-best time of 4:26.71 to place ninth.
Luu and fellow first-year Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) were separated by just 0.05 seconds in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke on the way to qualifying for the B final. Polakoff came in fifth with a season-best time of 53.72, while Luu placed eighth with a time of 55.50. Junior Adam Kershner (Scottsdale, Ariz.) narrowly missed the finals with his time of 58.65 in the 100 back prelims.
Sophomore Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) recorded his best time of the year in qualifying (54.06), and later finished 10th in the B final of the 100-yard butterfly. Kershner, first-year Kaden Shover (Boca Raton, Fla.) and senior Ross Ojerholm (Worcester, Mass.) all touched the wall with their best times of the season in the 200-yard freestyle prelims, while sophomore Louis NeJame (Duxbury, Mass.) and senior Jeffrey Cui (San Ramos, Calif.) produced their best results of the season in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims.
Babson returns to the pool for the final day of the NEWMAC Championships on Sunday at 10 a.m.