Worcester, Mass. - January 26, 2019 - Competing against Division I competition at Holy Cross on Saturday, the Springfield College men's swimming and diving team was defeated by a 182-132.5 margin.
Erik Jensen (Hainesport, N.J.) swam the fastest time of the afternoon in the 1,000 free as he outdistanced the field by more than 20 seconds with a 10:22.15. The first-year later touched first in the 200 fly in 1:59.71 and also scored first-place points with a winning time of 5:01.90 in the 500 free.
Connor Pennington (Monson, Mass.) produced two-more nationally-qualifying performances as the sophomore won the three-meter by over 60 points posting a score of 319.13 before also winning the one-meter with a score of 302.55.
In the 200 free, Sean Harnish (Middlebury, Conn.) won with a 1:49.41, closely followed by Nicholas Smith's (Longmeadow, Mass.) second-place time of 1:51.17. Harnish would later swim a 2:02.70 in the 200 back. Sean Mitchell (Canton, Mass.) was the runner-up in both the 50 free, 23.04, and 100 free, 50.18, while Michael Allo (Newington, Conn.) touched second in the 200 breast with a 2:18.23, as well as the 400 IM in 4:36.59.
Springfield's 400 medley relay of Harnish, Soares, Andy Endress (Belchertown, Mass.), and Mitchell took second in 3:44.31, while the Pride closed out the day with the 200 free relay in which Jensen, Mitchell, Smith, and Harnish placed second in 1:31.40.
Next Sunday, Springfield will host Amherst at 1 pm in the Linkletter Natatorium.