Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Fifth at NEWMAC Championships

Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Fifth at NEWMAC Championships

Worcester, Mass. - February 19, 2017 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving team captured fifth-place at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI's Alumni Natatorium.

The final standings had MIT in first with 1462 points to lead U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1099), WPI (1022), Wheaton College (614), Springfield College (391), Babson College (389), and Clark University (221). 

Standout junior Austin Von Heeringen (Germantown, Md.) set his second school record of the weekend, as he swam a 1:50.64 to take third in the 200 back. With this, Von Heeringen eclipsed the previous time of 1:51.83, a record that he set last season in 2016. 

Senior Evan Oemcke (Waterbury, Conn.) had the Pride's best time in the 100 free, touching the wall in 52.14. Later in the 1650 free, Vladimir Burnin (Leningrad Oblast, Russia) posted a time of 17:54.39.

In the 200 breast, Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) touched the wall in 2:05.83 to earn eighth-place. The 200 fly followed, where Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.) and Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) were Springfield's top finishers with times of 1:59.31 and 2:01.45. 

The Championships concluded with the 400 free relay, where the team of DeCoste, Von Heeringen, Harnish, and Parsons swam a 3:10.70 to take fifth-place.