WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's swimming & diving team set its second record of the weekend to highlight a strong performance on day two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships inside the WPI Sports and Recreation Center Pool on Friday.
The Beavers picked up 140 points in five events on Friday and now sit in fifth place with 194 points through seven events. Fifth-ranked MIT holds a 78-point lead over 16th-ranked Coast Guard, while the host Engineers, ranked 17th entering the weekend, are currently a distant third.
The quartet of junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.), sophomores Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) and Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) and first-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) came in fifth with a school-record time of 3:25.98 in the 400 medley relay. The time was over 3.5 seconds faster than the previous mark set back in 2017.
The relay capped a solid day for Huynh, who qualified for the A final in the 500 free and then bettered his preliminary time by nearly a second to finish seventh overall with a season-best time of 4:40.41. Junior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) qualified for the B final in the 500 free and placed third in the finals with a career-best time of 4:41.33.
Three Babson swimmers qualified for the B final in the 200 IM, highlighted by a career-best time of 1:59.11 by Polakoff. First-year Reid Chavez (Shelton, Conn.) bettered his qualifying time by more than 2.5 seconds and came in fifth after touching the wall in 1:57.00, Polakoff came in ninth, and first-year Walter Lehneis (Hackettstown, N.J.), who posted a time of 1:59.97 in the prelims, came in 10th.
In addition to being part of the school record in the 400 medley relay, Dibbayawan posted a then-career-best time in the 50 free prelims and then bettered it to finish second in the B final with a time of 21.35. He was also part of the team's fifth-place finish in the 200 free relay alongside Damiecki, junior Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) and first-year Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.).
Senior Adam Kershner (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and sophomore Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) both recorded the top times of their respective careers in the 50 free prelims, and later teamed with first-years Aiden Asuncion-Duong (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Joseph Wellmann (Cohasset, Mass.) come in fifth in the B final of the 200 free relay.
Babson returns to the pool on Saturday for day three of the championships beginning at 10 a.m.