Worcester, Mass. - February 17, 2017 - Highlighted by Austin Von Heeringen (Germantown, Md.) breaking a 12-year old school record, the Springfield College men's swimming and diving team raced in the second day at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Friday at WPI's Alumni Natatorium.
After day two of competition, Springfield has earned 170 points and stands in sixth-place. MIT has outdistanced itself from the field with 534 points, followed by Coast Guard (384), WPI (338), Wheaton (235), Babson (177), Springfield, and Clark (110).
The night belonged to Von Heeringen, as the junior took second in the 500 free with a time of 4:37.28. His time edged out the previous Springfield College record of 4:37.46, set by Dan Moran in 2005. In addition to eclipsing a 12-year record, Von Heeringen's performance earned him NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors as he broke one of the only four program records that date back to 2005 or later.
The team of Evan Oemcke (Waterbury, Conn.), Robert Gaston (Hanscom AFB, Mass.), Vladimir Burnin (Leningrad Oblast, Russia), and Sam Fox (Providence, R.I.) recorded a time of 1:36.47 in the 200 free relay, good for seventh-place.
In the 200 IM, Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.) was the Pride's top performer, touching the wall in 2:01.02.
The Pride return to the pool tomorrow at 10 am for day three of the NEWMAC Championships.