Springfield, Mass. - February 6, 2016 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving program posted seven first-place finishes, but eventually fell to Holy Cross, 171-127, on Saturday afternoon in the Art Linkletter Natatorium.
Senior Daniel Fay (Yorktown, N.Y.) led the Pride with a pair of individual victories, as Michael Normoyle (Springfield, Mass.), Austin Von Heeringen (Germantown, Md.) and Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) picked up one apiece, and Springfield's day was capped by a pair of relays that touched first on the afternoon.
Fay posted first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke, when he touched in 55.93 seconds, and the 200 backstroke, recording a time of 2:01.46. Normoyle took the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.04, and Parsons won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.71. Von Heeringen won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02.52.
In the day's opening meet, the 400 medley relay, Von Heeringen, Normoyle, Parsons and Fay posted a winning time of 3:36.72, while in the last relay of the day, the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Normoyle, Fay, Parsons and Sammy Grudzien (Fiskdale, Mass.) touched first in 1:29.05.
Junior diver Nicholas Sullivan (Wrentham, Mass.) picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the diving events, as he scored a 218.93 on the 3-meter board, and a score of 215.03 on the 1-meter.
Additionally, Springfield received strong performances from senior Alex Beauvais (Ipswich, Mass.), who recorded a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:27.27, and Von Heeringen, who took second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.21.
Up next, Springfield will compete in the NEWMAC Championships from Feb. 18-22, hosted by MIT.