Springfield, Mass. - January 27, 2018 - Springfield College freshman Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) etablished a pair of program records in the Pride's home finale on Saturday afternoon in the Art Linkletter Natatorium against Holy Cross. Despite the Pride suffereing a 157-132 setback, Springfield won five events on the day.
It was a historical day on the diving boards as Pennington set the new program six-dive record on both the one-meter and three-meter board. Starting on the three-meter, the first-year smashed Brian Sobel's previous record of of 361.10 set in 2011, as he totaled a 377.78. Then on the one-meter, Pennington put together another sensational performance, producing a score of 369.08, which bested Sobel's mark of 360.35 which was also set in 2011.
Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) was a two-event winner in his final home meet at Springfield as he cruised to a win in the 200 breast with a 2:14.65 and later won the 100 fly in 54.41, as well as racing to a second-place finish in the 50 free in 22.34. Additionally, Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) powered his way to a victory in the 200 free and touched in 1:48.42.
The 400 medley relay of Harnish, Parsons, Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.), and Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.) produced second-place points with a 3:37.18. In the distance events, Vladimir Burnin (Leningrad Oblast, Russia) took second in 10:41.42, while Harnish raced to a second-place finish in the 500 free with a 5:03.36. DeCoste was second in the 100 free with a 50.61, and Valmore Stewart (Windsor, Conn.) was second on the three-meter (295.96) and picked up another national qualifying mark on the one-meter after posting a 284.10.
Next weekend, Springfield will travel to Vermont to compete in the two-day Middlebury Invitational.