Huynh Breaks Men's 50-Yark Backstroke Record as Both Teams Start 1-0
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams opened the season with a dominating sweep of visiting UMass Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon inside Morse Pool. The Beavers defeated the Corsairs 181-103 in the men's half of the meet, while the Green and White collected a 153-115 victory on the women's side.
The highlight of the meet came early as first-year Aaron Huynh (Mission Viejo, Calif.) set a new school record with a time of 24.44 in the 50-yard backstroke to help Babson sweep the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay. Huynh was also part of a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to end the meet, and touched the wall first in both the 50 free and 100 free in his collegiate debut.
First-year Walter Lehneis (Hackettstown, N.J.) won both the 200-yard individual medley, while classmate Ethan Yoo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) finished first in both the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke in addition to adding two more wins in the relay events. Junior Alex Damiecki (Centerville, Mass.) was victorious in the 200 free, sophomore Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.) was first in the 100 back and second in the 200 back, and classmate Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) help the Beavers recorded a victory in the 200 free relay in addition to runner-up finishes in both the 100 free and 100 breast.
Sophomore Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) won the 200 back and came in second in the 200 free, while first-year Reid Chavez (Shelton, Conn.) touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly and second in the 100 backstroke. Junior Michael Cerny (Windsor, Conn.) was part of a win in the 200 medley relay and later came in second in the 50 free. First-year Aiden Asuncion-Doung (LAdera Rancho, Ca) also recorded a runner-up finish in the 200 IM.
The Babson women got off the 2018-19 campaign off to a terrific start that included winning 11 of 16 events. First-year Abby Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) was a part of two victories in the relays and also claimed the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Classmate Stella Hu (Wellesley, Mass.) also was a part of two relay victories and touched the wall first in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle.
First-year Elizabeth Demoine (Highstown, N.J.) was victorious in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and also helped the Green and White post the top times in the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Sophomore Julia Ferrara (Coto de Caza, Calif.) won the 500 free, while senior Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) took first place on both the 1- and 3-meter diving boards.
Sophomore Nataliya Gowan (San Antonio, Texas) was the runner-up in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, first-year Andrea Hamel (Gloucester, Mass.) came in second in the 100 and 200 butterfly, and classmate Caroline Daskalakis (Belmont, Mass.) recorded two third-place finishes to go along with her second-place showing in the 100 breaststroke.
Babson is back in action next Friday when it heads to WPI for a series of dual meets at 6:30 p.m. The men will faces Brandeis and the host Engineers, while the women take on WPI, Smith and Brandeis.
• Babson's men have won 13 straight and 20 of the last 21 dual meets against UMass Dartmouth.
• The Beavers are now 10-11 against the Corsairs on the women's side going back to 1998.
• Huynh's record in the 50 backstroke was 0.02 seconds faster than the previous mark set by Purin Waranimman '15 during the 2014-15 campaign.