Springfield, Mass. - January 14, 2017 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving team competed against nationally-ranked New York University on Saturday afternoon in the Art Linkletter Natatorium, and fell by the score of 174-102 on Saturday afternoon. The Violets came into the meet ranked No. 7 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Rankings.
Kicking off the day, Springfield College took fourth in the 400 medley relay, as the team of Austin Von Heeringen (Germantown, Md.), Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.), Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) and Tim DeCoste (Greenville, Conn.) touched in 3:45.00.
Von Heeringen took third overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.92 and second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.64, before Harnish took third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.01 seconds. Vladamir Burnin (Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Oblast, Russia) notched a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.20 seconds, before Parsons took third in the 100 freestyle, touching in 49.18.
Freshman Sam Fox (Providence, R.I.) took third overall in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:44.45, while Harnish produced a second-place time of 5:01.15 in the 500 freestyle. Parsons then took third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.28 seconds, before the 200 freestyle relay team of Parsons, Harnish, DeCoste and Von Heeringen finished fourth with a time of 1:32.25.
On the diving boards, the Pride received an impressive performance from Valmore Stewart (Windsor, Conn.), as the freshman posted a score of 247.29 on the three-meter board, good for second, before placing second on the one-meter with a score of 247.65.
Up next, Springfield College will return to the Linkletter Natatorium on Saturday, January 21 when the Pride will host Babson College at 1 p.m.