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Smith, Parsons and Pennington Lead Men's Swimming and Diving Against Keene State and Wheaton

Smith, Parsons and Pennington Lead Men's Swimming and Diving Against Keene State and Wheaton

Norton, Mass. - November 18, 2017 - Behind impressive performances from Nicholas Smith (Longmeadow, Mass.), Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) and Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.), the Springfield College men's swimming and diving team took on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent Wheaton and Keene State in a tri-meet hosted by the Lyons on Saturday.

Springfield College defeated Keene State, 190-102, but fell to Wheaton, 170.5-127.5.

Kicking the day off in the 200 medley relay, the combination of Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.), Kyle Bauer (Bath, Maine), Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.) and Anthony Soares (Worcester, Mass.) finished third overall with a time of 1:44.06, before Smith won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:32.45. In the 200 freestyle, Smith took third with a time of 1:53.26, while in 100 breaststroke, Soares and Bauer finished third and fourth, respectively, as Soares notched a 1:04.77, while Bauer clocked in at 1:06.01. 

Parsons won the 50 freestyle, finishing in 21.95 seconds, before Harnish came in as the runner up in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.79. Next, Parsons picked up his second win of the day, this time in the 200 breaststroke, as the senior notched a time of 2:13.25, finishing before Kevin Walker (Middlebury, Conn.), who took third with a time of 2:22.0 and Bauer, who finished fourth with a time of 2:24.64. 

Smith won his second distance freestyle event in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 5:05.59, before Parsons took second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:01.05. Lastly, in the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.), Harnish, Smith and Parsons finished second overall, combining for a time of 3:21.06.

In the diving events, Pennington continued a blistering start to his collegiate career, as he won both the three-meter with a score of 294.45, before taking the one-meter with a mark of 296.60.

Next, Springfield College will hit the road and compete in the Ithaca Invitational from Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3.