Beavers Record Highest Point Total Since 2014, Post Best Fininish at Conference Meet Since 2012
WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College men's swimming & diving team set the final two of its 10 school records on the way to finishing fourth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships inside the WPI Sports and Recreation Pool on Sunday.
The Beavers totaled 129 points on Sunday to finish with 498 for the weekend, which is the program's highest total since 2014. Fifth-ranked MIT captured its 11th consecutive title with a 298-point victory over No. 16 Coast Guard, while 17th-ranked WPI came in third overall.
The first record of the day came in the 200 backstroke where sophomore Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) came in third in the B final with a time of 1:54.96. The record bettered Ted Plaistead's '10 2009 mark of 1:55.28 and gave Polakoff his second individual record of the weekend.
The last of Babson's 10 school records came in the 200 butterfly as junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) bettered the program's longest standing mark with his time of 1:52.81 in the A final to place sixth. The time bettered Hall of Famer and four-time All-America selection Mike Hobbs '92 record of 1:53.48 set back in 1989.
Junior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted his third consecutive top-10 result in the 1650 free by coming in seventh with a time of 16:38.42. First-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) qualified for the A final of the 100 free with a season-best time of 46.68 and finished 10th overall with a time of 46.83 during the evening session.
Sophomore Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) came in third with a time of 47.72 in the B final of the 100 free, while first-year Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) recorded a third-place showing by clocking in with a time of 1:55.98 in the B final of the 200 butterfly. Classmate Reid Chavez (Shelton, Conn.) also qualified for the B final in the 200 backstroke with a season-best time of 1:58.63 and later finished 10th overall.
In the final event of the weekend, Huynh, Yoo, Chavez and Dibbayawan placed fifth with a time of 3:09.40 in the 400 free relay.
• This weekend's fourth-place finish marks the fourth time that Babson placed fourth at the conference meet since 2003.
• Polakoff (100, 200 back), Huynh (200 free, 50 back) and Damiecki (100, 200 fly) all set two individual records over the weekend. Damiecki and Huynh were also a part of all three relay records, while Polakoff was part of the Beavers' new school mark in the 400 medley relay.