Worcester, Mass. - February 18, 2017 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving team competed in the third day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Saturday at WPI's Alumni Natatorium. The Pride had multiple strong finishes on the day, including a new school record in the 200 medley relay.
After today's events, MIT stands in first with 1004 points to lead U.S. Coast Guard Academy (745), WPI (715), Wheaton College (446), Babson College (291), Springfield College (290), and Clark University (178).
In the final competition of the day, the relay team of Austin Von Heeringen (Germantown, Md.), Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.), Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.), and Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) earned fifth-place in the 200 medley relay and set a Springfield College record with a time of 1:33.30. The previous record of 1:33.92 was set in 2008 by the team of Roy Burch, Andrew Blakesley, Greg Pearsall, and Anthony Bruno.
A third-place performance in the 100 breast from Parsons also highlighted Springfield's third day of competition, as he touched the wall in 56.72. Parsons was also the Pride's top performer in the 100 fly where he swam a 51.33.
In the 100 back, Von Heeringen took sixth-place with a time of 51.60. Freshman Vladimir Burnin (Leningrad Oblast, Russia) was the Pride's top performer in the 200 free, finishing in 1:51.55.
In the 1-meter diving, Nicholas Sullivan (Wrentham, Mass.) scored 351.80 to finish 10th in the competition.
Springfield returns to action tomorrow, February 19, for the final day of championship competition.