BABSON PARK, Mass.—After putting together the best season in over a decade last winter, the Babson College women's swimming & diving team will look to build upon its momentum in 2019-20.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST YEAR
The Beavers posted an 8-9 mark in dual meets and finished just one win shy of the program record set back in 1991-92. In addition to its regular season success, the Green and White set four program records, totaled its most points (272) at the league meet since 2005, and finished seventh overall at the NEWMAC Championships, marking the program's best finish since 2012.
Fourth-year head coach Kristy Martin Jones heads into the season with just two upperclassmen and a roster that is made up of more first-years (7) than the other three classes combined (6). Only senior Tirza Rentovich (Harrisburg, Pa.) and junior Celine Nie (Irvine, Calif.) enter the 2019-20 campaign with at least two years of collegiate experience.
SETTING RECORDS IN THE RELAYS
The Beavers set four records last winter, three of which came in the freestyle relays. Nie and sophomores Elizabeth Demoine (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.) and Abigail Voce (Oxford, N.Y.) were part of record-setting performances in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays, while Rentovich joined the trio in the 200 free.
FAST IN THE FREE
Rentovich broke an 11-year old record in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2018 NEWMAC Championships, only to see Voce better her mark by 0.09 seconds on the way to placing eighth in the event at last year's conference meet. Rentovich has made the B final in the 100 free at the league championships in each of her first three seasons, while Voce came in 10th in the A final of the 50 free and added a sixth-place result in the B final of the 200 free last winter.
BUILDING THE ENGINE
Sophomores Caroline Daskalakis (Belmont, Mass.) and Andrea Hamel (Gloucester, Mass.) put together solid rookie seasons that included combining for 11 top-three finishes in dual-meet action. In addition to their regular season successes, Hamel recorded season-best times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, while Daskalakis posted her top times of the year in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM at the NEWMAC Championships in February.
Following last year's seventh-place finish at the conference meet, the Green and White was picked to come in seventh when the NEWMAC released its preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday.
CIRCLE YOUR CALENDARS
Babson begins the 2019-20 campaign on Friday at UMass Dartmouth and will compete in three straight dual meets on the road before hosting Springfield in its home opener on November 10. The Beavers also welcome Clark to Morse Pool on November 16.