Middletown, Conn. - January 20, 2018 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving team competed against Roger Williams and Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Wesleyan Natatorium. Springfield was edged by Roger Williams 161-139, while the host Cardinals prevailed by a 181-119 decision.
In the opening relay of the afternoon, the team of Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.), Kyle Bauer (Bath, Maine), Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.), and Nicholas Smith (Longmeadow, Mass.) completed the 400 IM in a third-place time of 3:44.48.
Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) was victorious in the 50 free after powering his way to a win in 21.99, while teammate Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.) was fourth in 22.49. Parsons later picked up his second individual win of the day with a winning time of 2:12.71 in the 200 breast. The senior then capped off his impressive afternoon with a victory in the 200 IM as he recorded a 2:01.78 to best the field by over three seconds.
Smith would later place third in the 200 free after posting a 1:52.49 and was also third in the 500 freestyle with a 5:05.51. Harnish was the runner-up in the 200 back after touching in 2:03.75 and took fourth in the 100 back in 55.72, while in the 100 free, the duo of DeCoste and Mitchell placed third and fourth, in times of 50.87 and 50.88.
In the 100 breast, Anthony Soares (Worcester, Mass.) received second-place points after delivering a 1:04.13, closely followed by Bauer's time of 1:05.47, which was good enough for fourth place.
On the three-meter board, Springfield had the top-two finishers, with Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) registering a winning score of 311.10, followed by Valmore Stewart's (Windsor, Conn.) mark of 280.50. It was a similar finish on the one-meter, as Pennington's score of 303.75 outdistanced the field, with Stewart taking second with a 262.40.
In the final event of the day, Mitchell, Harnish, DeCoste, and Parsons raced in the 400 free relay and finished third in 3:19.03.
Springfield will compete for the final time at home this season on Saturday when it hosts Holy Cross at 1 pm.