Babson Park, Mass. - January 7, 2017 - Senior Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) and sophomore Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) won two events, but the Springfield College men's swimming and diving team fell to Babson, 172-121, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) competition on Sunday in the Elizabeth Morse Swimming Center.
Kicking things off in the 200 medley relay, the team of Harnish, Parsons, Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.) and Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.) took second with a time of 1:39.92, while in the 200 freestyle, Parsons took second with a 1:48.21. Next, in the 100 backstroke, Harnish took first overall with a time of 55.14 seconds, while Kyle Bauer (Bath, Maine) took third overall in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 1:04.75.
Freshman Anthony Soares (Worcester, Mass.) finished third in the 200 butterfly, notching a time of 2:11.02, before Harnish won his second of the day in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 2:03.88. Parsons would take the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.46, before Harnish placed second in the 100 butterfly with a score of 56.13 seconds. Parsons would wrap up with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley, touching in 2:04.22, before the team of DeCoste, Bauer, Soares and Mitchell place second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.77.
On the one-meter board, Valmore Stewart (Windsor, Conn.) took first with a nationally-qualifying score of 287.35, edging teammate Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.), who scored a 282.65. The duo would also claim the top two spots on the three-meter, as Pennington won with a score of 308.90, while Stewart took second with a score of 256.75.
Next, Springfield College will return to the pool on Saturday, January 13 as the Pride will head to Union College for a tri-meet with the Dutchmen and Hartwick. The meet is set to begin at 12 p.m.