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Men’s Swimmers & Divers Capture One of Three Duals Over the MLK Weekend

Springfield, Mass. — January 17, 2010 — The Springfield College men’s swimming & diving team had some ups and downs during a long weekend of performing in two separate states against some formidable competition. The men first defeated NYU in New York City, 167-33, on Saturday afternoon. But just 24 hours later back at the Art Linkletter Natatorium, the SC men fell to defeat twice against NEWMAC league opponents– to MIT, 215-85, and then to Coast Guard, 209-91.

The Pride men had not lost this season in dual competition until today. The men are now 8-2 on the 2009-2010 season.

At NYU, Matt Fitzgerald took first on the three-meter with a 302.48 with Brian Sobel finishing a close second with a 299.48. The 400 medley relay team of Travis Morse, Ryan Mackstutis, Brian Way, and Nolan Manley cruised to a 10-second win with a time of 3:38.95. Morse also picked up individual wins in the 100 backstroke (55.46) and 200 backstroke (2:02.90). Other winners on the day included, Mackstutis in the 100 breast (1:00.53) and 200 breast (2:13.60) and Tim Ramos in the 200 fly in 2:01.70. On the one-meter board, Sobel took home first after scoring 285.75 points.

Against conference-rivals Coast Guard and MIT, the Pride dominated the diving competition as it took the top four spots on both boards with Sobel leading the way. On the one-meter, Sobel placed first with a 318.45, followed by Fitzgerald (289.55), Kenny Pancoast, (236.75), and Derek Shaver (207.55). The same four placed in identical spots on the three meter as Sobel took first (337.60) with Fitzgerald (274.05), Pancoast (255.65), and Shaver (206.10) rounding out the scoring. As for the swimmers, Ramos was the top finisher on the day as he took third in the 1,000 free in 10:10.67.

Up next, the SC men will host Williams at 1 pm next Saturday (Jan. 23).