Amherst, Mass. - February 4, 2018 - Going up against nationally-ranked Amherst College, the Springfield College men's swimming and diving team dropped its dual finale by a score of 172-110.
Competing against the Mammoths, who were ranked 11th in the latest national poll, the Pride opened the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with a 3:54.46 thanks to the efforts of Tyler Morano (Middleboro, Mass.), Kyle Bauer (Bath, Maine), Tim DeCoste (Greenville, R.I.), and Anthony Soares (Worcester, Mass.).
Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) delivered a victory on the three-meter board with a 294.60, followed by Valmore Stewart's (Windsor, Conn.) third-place score of 254.85, and George Colarullo (Groton, Mass.), who tallied a fourth-place score of 230.10. On the one-meter, Pennington added another victory with a 301.57, while Stewart was third in 276.00 and Colarullo in fourth (226.35).
Christopher Schreiner (Fairfield, Conn.) was third in the 400 IM in 4:50.15 and fourth in the 100 back after touching in 1:01.22, while Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.) took fourth in the 200 free with a 1:52.70 and was also fourth in the 50 back in 28.99.
Kent Parsons (Hamilton, Mass.) swam to a third-place finish in the 100 fly in 53.49 as well as the 100 free with a 48.65. The senior also had the fourth- best time in the 50 fly in 24.20. Soares placed fourth in the 50 breast in 29.03 as well as the 100 breast (1:05.02). Bauer had the fourth-best time in the 400 IM in 1:01.68
In the 50 free, DeCoste delivered a time of 23.10 for third, closely followed by Vladimir Burnin's (Leningrad Oblast, Russia) mark of 24.07 in fourth place. Burnin later recorded a fourth-place finish in the 500 free in 5:10.49.
The final event of the day, the 200 free relay, saw Springfield's team of Parsons, Mitchell, Soares, and DeCoste swim a 1:29.66, which was the third-best time.