NEWMAC Swimming & Diving Championships
Thursday, February 21-Sunday, February 25
WPI Sports & Recreation Center Pool | Worcester, Mass.
Preliminaries – 10 a.m. (Fri.-Sun. | Finals – 6 p.m. (Thu.-Sun.)
• The Babson men's and women's swimming & diving teams and the league's nine other programs will descend upon WPI's Sports & Recreation Center Pool for the 2019 NEWMAC Championships beginning on Thursday.
• The Beavers and their league rivals will compete in 20 events over four days.
• Session 1 – Thursday 6 pm 800 free relay, men's 3-meter diving
• Session 2 – Friday 10 am (prelims): 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, women's 1-meter diving, 400 medley relay
• Session 3 – Friday 6 pm: Finals
• Session 4 – Saturday 10 am (prelims): 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 back, men's 1-meter diving, 200 medley relay
• Session 5 – Saturday 6 pm: Finals
• Session 6 – Sunday 10 am (prelims): 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, women's 3-meter diving, 400 free relay
• Session 7 – Sunday 6 pm: Finals
2018 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
• Both teams finished with their highest point totals since 2014 as the Babson men placed sixth and the women 10th at last year's championships inside MIT's Zesiger Pool.
• Junior Alex Damiecki broke his own record in the 100 butterfly and was part of another school mark along with Mitchell Posk '18 and sophomores Lachlan Dibbayawan and Kevin Luu in the 200 medley relay to help the Babson men total 456 points in all.
• Junior Tirza Rentovich bested an 11-year-old school record in the 100 free and senior Tessa Amoroso recorded the top 11-dive score of her career (391.40) to help the Babson women score 213 points.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Green and White finished first in 13 of 16 events on the way to defeating Bridgewater State, 192-91, for its eighth dual-meet win of the season back on February 2.
• Amoroso set a new six-dive record of 293.10 on the 3-meter board, and joined sophomore Celine Nie and first-years Elizabeth Demoine and Abigail Voce in winning multiple events on the day for the Beavers.
• Demoine enters the weekend with the fourth fastest time in the league in the 100 IM, Voce's time of 24.74 in the 50 free ranks 10th in the conference, and Amoroso's 11-dive score of 410.00 on the 3-meter board is 11th.
• Rentovich has reached the B final in the 100 free in each of the last two seasons at the conference meet, while Amoroso placed 11th and 13th, respectively, in the 3- and 1-meter diving events last winter.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Beavers wrapped up their regular season with a 9-4 record in dual meets after winning 15 of 16 events in a 213-71 victory over Bridgewater State in its regular season finale back on February 2.
• Damiecki, who broke his own school mark with a time of 22.91 in the 50 butterfly, Dibbayawan, junior Jack Lucero, and first-year Aaron Huynh all won multiple events for the Green and White.
• Huynh enters this weekend's championships owning top-10 times among conference competitors in the 200 free, 1000 free and 50 back. Dameicki also is ranked in the top 10 among NEWMAC swimmers in the 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and 100 IM.
• Lucero has posted top-10 finishes in both the 500 free and 1650 free at the NEWMAC meet in each of the last two seasons, while Damiecki has placed sixth and seventh, respectively, over the last two years in the 100 butterfly.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
• Fifth-ranked MIT has won 10 straight NEWMAC men's championships, while No. 16 Coast Guard and No. 17 WPI both enter the weekend ranked in the national poll.
• On the women's side, No. 7 MIT is looking to capture its ninth straight title, while two-time defending runner-up Wheaton, Springfield and Coast Guard will all look to challenge the Engineers.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• The Beavers combined to set three school records at last year's championships and have already better four school records this season.
• The Babson men, which defeated Springfield, Wheaton and Clark in dual-meet competition this season, finished just 20 points out of fifth place at last year's league meet.
• Day passes are available for $10 and all-event passes are being sold for $25. Tickets are available at the door and can also be purchased online.