October 26, 2013

Swimming & Diving Opens Season With A Pair Of Wins At UMass-Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams opened up the season with a pair of victories on Saturday afternoon at UMass-Dartmouth as the men rode a dominant performance to a 163-74 triumph, while the women were able to slip past the Corsairs, 115-111.

Despite splitting the relays and dropping both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, the Babson women were able to hold off UMass-Dartmouth by winning eight of the 10 individual events. Junior Kendall Ford (Geneva, Ill.) picked up victories in the 100-yard butterfly, as well as the 500- and 100-yard freestyle, while classmate Erica Riccardi (Los Angeles, Calif.) won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Senior Lily Yie (Longmont, Colo.) won the 100-yard breaststroke and added a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing behind first-year Mallory Ham (Norwalk, Conn.) who earned her first collegiate victory. Another first-year, Madeline Dupre (Fiskdale, Mass.) got off to a strong start with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle to go along with a second-place finish in the 200- free and a third-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke.

On the men's side, the Beavers won eight of the nine individual races and picked up a pair of wins in the relays, displaying their depth in the lopsided victory. Six different swimmers finished first, led by sophomore An Truong's (West Roxbury, Mass.) triumphs in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley. Classmate Jo Thongcharoenpoolporn (Bangkok, Thailand) came in first in the 500-yard freestyle and was second in the 1000 free.

Seniors Steven Jacobi (Cranbury, N.J.) claimed a victory in the 50-yard freestyle, while classmate Isaac Breen-Franklin (Severna Park, Md.) won the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Paris Waranimman (Pebble Beach, Calif.) finished first in the 100 free, sophomore Austen Noh (San Jose, Calif.) topped the field in the 100-yard breaststroke, and first-year Kevin Shivers (Mercersburg, Pa.) picked up his first collegiate win in the 100-yard backstroke.

Both the men's and women's teams return to action next Saturday when they travel to Clark for a 1 p.m. dual meet.

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