Schenectady, N.Y. - January 13, 2018 - Behind nine first-place finishes, the Springfield College men's swimming and diving team cruised to a 156-126 win over Union College on Saturday afternoon. Of the nine individual titles, three came from senior Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.).
The team of Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.), Parsons, Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.) and Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.) won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:38.78, before in the 1000 freestyle, Nicholas Smith (Longmeadow, Mass.) touched in 10:30.50, good for first overall in the event. Vladimir Burnin (Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Oblast, Russia) took second in the 200 freestyle, as he touched in 1:54.89, just edging Mitchell, who took third with a time of 1:55.55.
Harnish continued his strong meet with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke, as the sophomore posted a time of 54.73 seconds, while in the 100 breaststroke, Parsons took first, touching in 1:01.23. Next, in the 200 butterfly, Anthony Soares (Worcester, Mass.) and Christopher Schreiner (Fairfield, Conn.) took second and third as Soares swam a 2:12.11, while Schreiner followed with a 2:14.79.
Mitchell took home the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.05 seconds, before in the 100 freestyle, DeCoste placed second with a time of 50.74 seconds, edging Mitchell's time of 52.04. Harnish had another second-place finish in the 200 backstroke as he touched in 2:02.67, before Parsons won his second event of the day, the 200 breaststroke, swimming in 2:15.90.
Smith won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:07.03, while in the 100 butterfly, Harnish placed first with a time of 55.37 seconds. In the last event before the 200 freestyle relay, Parsons cruised to a first-place finish in the 400 individual medley, touching in 4:20.18, while the relay team of DeCoste, Kyle Bauer (Bath, Maine), Soares and Smith finished second with a time of 1:33.65.
In the diving events, Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) won the three-meter board with a nationally-qualifying score of 319.87, while the freshman also took second on the one-meter board with a score of 297.23.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Wesleyan University on Saturday, January 20, as the Pride will compete in a tri-meet with the Cardinals and Roger Williams University at 1 p.m.