Amherst Bests Men's Swimming and Diving, 144-115

Amherst Bests Men's Swimming and Diving, 144-115

Springfield, Mass. - January 29, 2017 - Competing in its second meet of the weekend, the Springfield College men's swimming and diving program fell to Amherst College, 144-115, at Art Linkletter Natatorium on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) strung together multiple strong performances on the day, taking third in the 100 fly, with a time of 56.42. Parsons was also the Pride's top finisher in the 100 IM and 200 free, swimming a time of 58.12 and 1:51.79. Classmate Kyle Bauer (Bath, Maine) was successful as well; he followed Parsons closely with a 1:02.02 in the 100 IM, along with earning third in the 50 free and fourth in the 50 breast, with times of 24.85 and 30.99. 

In the 100 breast, Kevin Walker (Middlebury, Conn.) and Sam Fox (Providence, R.I.) touched the wall in 1:11.23 and 1:13.94. Walker later swam a 29.53 in the 50 fly, behind freshman Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Mass.), who swam a 25.16. On the day, Harnish also collected a third-place finish in 100 back with a time of 56.77.

Vladimir Burnin (Leningrad Oblast, Russia) earned first-place points in the 500 free, as he swam a 5:24.08 to just edge-out teammate Evan Oemcke (Waterbury, Conn.), who recorded a 5:25.68. The 200 free relay team of Burnin, Oemcke, Parsons, and Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.), later swam a time of 1:35.64 to finish the day's competition. 

In the diving events, Nicholas Sullivan (Wrentham, Mass.) earned first-place points on both boards, as he posted a score of 225.15 on the 3-meter, and a score of 205.81 on the 1-meter. Freshman Brian Laukaitis (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored a 168.08 to follow Sullivan on the 1-meter. 

This upcoming weekend, the Pride will travel to Holy Cross to compete on February 3, at 6:00 pm.