WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College swimming & diving program combined to win 17 events and set a pair of program records in a terrific early-season performance at WPI on Friday night. The men's team stayed unbeaten with a sweep of the host Engineers (154-117) and a win over Brandeis University (142.50-119.50), while the women's squad defeated the Judges (160-90), Simmons University (166-123) and Smith College (174-119), and dropped a 183-110 decision to WPI.
The Beavers (3-0) came in first in 11 of 14 swimming events in the men's half of the meet to post its second consecutive win over Brandeis and its first victory over the Engineers since 2012. One of four swimmers to win a pair of individual events, first-year Charles Wang (San Marino, Calif.) came in first in the 50-yard freestyle and followed it up by breaking junior Taras Polakoff's record in the 100-yard backstroke with a first-place time of 51.87.
Senior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) took first place in the 50-yard butterfly (23.23) and the 100-yard butterfly (51.28), while sophomore Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.35) after tying for first with a time of 47.09 in the 100 free. First-year Alvin Oentoro (Houston, Texas) also touched the wall first in a pair of events, winning the 500 free in 4:52.11 and the 1000 free by more than 15 seconds with a time of 10:04.92.
Junior Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) claimed Babson's other individual victory, taking first in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 24.99. Wang, Damiecki, Huynh and junior Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) recorded a victory by more than five seconds in the 400-yard medley relay, while Wang, Huynh, Oentoro and sophomore Aidan Asuncion-Duong (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) ended the meet with a first-place showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Dibbayawan (50 breaststroke) and Damiecki (100 breaststroke) each added a runner-up finish, while senior Jack Lucero (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished third in the 1000 free and fourth in the 400-yard IM.
The Babson women (4-1), who had not defeated Brandeis since 2013 and Simmons since 2012, won six events and saw first-year Caitlin Caron (Cheshire, Conn.) break the program's six-year-old record in the 1000-yard freestyle. Caron posted a time of 11:17.09 to better the previous mark of 11:23.47 set by Kendall Ford '15 during the 2012-13 campaign.
First-year Molly Cox (Orange, Conn.) finished first in a pair of individual events and was part of two more victories in the relay events for the Green and White. She won both the 50-yard backstroke (28.49) and 100-yard backstroke (1:00.81) in addition to teaming with sophomores Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) and Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) to win both the 400-yard medley relay and the 400 free relay.
Voce touched the wall first with a season-best time of 55.45 in the 100-yard freestyle and added a second-place result in the 200 free, while Demoine was the runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke. Senior Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) took first in the 50 free (25.33) and was part of the team's victory the 400 medley relay. Caron came in second in both the 500- and 1000-yard free, while Demoine (100 breaststroke) and first-year Madeleine Green (Rye Beach, N.H.) was the runner-up in the 50 backstroke.
Reigning NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week, first-year Angela Li (Belmont, Mass.) came in third in both the 50-yard breaststroke and 400 IM, and classmate Lindsay Nowak (Charlotte, N.C.) added a fourth-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly to go along with her win in the 400 medley relay.
Babson returns to action on Saturday, November 9, when it travels to Norwich to face Regis and the host Cadets at 1 p.m.