BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed in their second of three virtual meets late last week inside Morse Pool. The Beavers competed in 10 events over three days against Albertus Magnus, Colby-Sawyer, Gordon, Norwich, Roger Williams, Saint Joseph (Conn.) and Stonehill.
Babson took over first place in the men's standings with 686 points through 17 total events and hold a slim 44-point lead over Roger Williams entering next week's final meet. The Beavers have totaled 448.5 points on the women's side and remain second behind only Roger Williams, which has amassed 603 points.
First-year April Kupsky (Bear Creek, Pa.) was part of all four of Babson's first-place finishes in the women's half of the competition over the weekend. She won the 200-yard IM (2:12.65), 200-yard freestyle (1:59.17) and 500-yard freestyle (5:14.64) in addition to teaming with sophomores Molly Cox (Orange, Conn.) and Lindsay Nowak (Charlotte, N.C.) and first-year Sophia Swain (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) to record a victory in the 400-yard medley relay.
Sophomore Angela Li (Belmont, Mass.) and Nowak were separated by 2.03 seconds on the way to finishing second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM. Nowak also recorded a runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly and came in third in the 200 freestyle.
Cox placed second in the 100 backstroke and Swain posted a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly and a fourth-place result in the 200 free. Sophomore Caitlin Caron (Cheshire, Conn.) came in third in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 IM, while classmate Madeleine Green (Rye Beach, N.H.) placed fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 backstroke.
For the second consecutive meet, the Babson men finished first in every event, highlighted by two individual victories apiece by sophomore Charles Wang (San Marino, Calif.) and first-years Joshua Kim (La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.) and James Zheng (Sammamish, Wash.). Wang touched the wall in 21.81 in the 50 free and 49.50 in the 100 free, Kim took top honors in the 200 free (1:45.63) and 200 IM (1:56.82), and Zheng claimed first-place results in the 100 butterfly (52.27) and the 100 backstroke in a time of 52.82.
The Beavers' final two individual event wins came from sophomore Alvin Oentoro (Houston, Texas), who posted a time of 4:55.12 in the 500 free, and first-year Shogo Kamei (Tokyo, Japan), who touched the wall first in a time of 59.43 in the 100 breaststroke. Kamei and Wang teamed with Zheng and first-year Blake Albanese (Middletown, N.Y.) to finish first in the 400 medley relay, while the quartet of Kamei, Wang, Oentoro and senior Lachlan Dibbayawan (Bangkok, Thailand) won the 200 free relay.
In addition to their 10 first-place finishes, the Green and White recorded runner-up times in seven events. Albanese was second in both the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, while Oentoro collected second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Zheng was the runner-up in the 50 free and Sellers came in second in the 200 IM and the 400 medley relay along with Kim, Dibbayawan and senior Kevin Luu (Malden, Mass.).
Senior Taras Polakoff (Orange County, Calif.) finished third in the 100 backstroke less than two seconds behind Zheng.
The Beavers will wrap up their virtual meet schedule during the week of April 5-11.