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Sobel Wins 1-Meter To Pace Men’s Swimming and Diving in Second Day of NEWMAC’s

Norton, Mass. – February 27, 2010Brian Sobel won the one-meter diving competition and set a new school record to lead the Springfield College men’s swimming and diving team in the second day of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championships.

MIT continued to lead the Championships through the second day, finishing 98 points ahead of second-place United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday in Wheaton College’s Balfour Natatorium. The Engineers have 715 points heading into the final day as they look to repeat, while the Bears have tallied 617. Third-place Springfield College has accumulated 434, while host Wheaton was the biggest mover, vaulting from seventh following Friday’s competition into fourth place after Saturday.

Sobel reestablished his school record in the 1-meter 11 dive competition as he ran away with his second-consecutive title with a mark of 542.05. Teammate Matt Fitzgerald finished second in the competition after scoring 466.05 points.

SC’s 200 medley relay team finished third in the opening event of the finals as Josh Ernst, Ryan Mackstutis, Scott Mackstutis, and Matt Manoni touched in 1:35.21.

Brian Way finished fourth in the 100 fly in a NCAA provisional time of 51.19, while Ryan Mackstutis took second in the 100 breast with his own NCAA provisional time of 58.05.

The Pride closed out Saturday with a fourth-place finish in the 800 free relay as the team of Andrew Blakesley, Manoni, Tony Lambertson, and Nolan Manley combined for a time of 7:02.39.

Team Standings
1.  MIT                                                  715 points
2.  Coast Guard Academy                 617 points
3.  Springfield College                         445 points
4.  Wheaton College                            224 points
5.  WPI                                                   208 points
6.  Clark University                             177 points
7.  Babson College                              175 points