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Sobel and Way's Record-Breaking Performances Highlight Second Day of NEWMAC Championships

Brian Sobel Norton, Mass. - February 28, 2009 - Brian Way and Brian Sobel put together a pair of record-breaking performances to lead the Springfield College men's swimming and diving in the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday.

MIT began to pull away from the seven-team field through day two, as the Engineers were victorious in five of the eight finals events on Saturday at Wheaton College's Balfour Natatorium. MIT extended its lead on three-time defending champion United States Coast Guard Academy, with the Engineers tallying 687 points to Coast Guard's 542.5. Springfield College remains in third with 415 points.

Way picked up his second individual win in the past two days as he set a new school record in the 400 I.M. Sobel, who has been nothing short of tremendous all season, recorded the highest score in the country to date as she captured the 1-meter diving competition.

Way was even more sensational on Saturday than he was on Friday as the freshman broke the second oldest record in the Springfield College men's swimming and diving record book. Way bested Stephen Kozowyk's time of 4:07.50 that was set in 1994 as he finished the race in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:06.13. What was even more impressive was that Way improved his time as he was seeded in the event with a time of 4:14.14. He then swam a 4:13.06 in prelims and bested that time by nearly seven seconds in the championship race.

Sobel, who was named the NEWMAC Diver of the Week eight times during the year, smashed all kinds of records on the evening. In the championship round, the sophomore set a new school, NEWMAC meet, NEWMAC open, and pool record with a score of 563.60. Sobel topped former Springfield great Mike Shaw's old mark of 530.40 that was set at the NEWMAC Championships in 2003.

The Pride swept the top three spots in the diving event as Matt Fitzgerald finished second with 'B' Cut score of 482.15. Tyler Gunningsmith took third for Springfield with a 375.95, despite failing one dive in the competition.

The 200 medley team of Ryan Mackstutis, Andrew Blakesley, Tony Bruno, and Greg Pearsall finished third in 1:33.95, which met NCAA 'B' Cut standards.

Pearsall and Blakesley then finished second and third in the 200 free as the duo both met NCAA 'B' Cut times of 1:41.89 and 1:42.71, respectively. Mackstutis also took second in the 100 breast as he touched in 58.94.

Finally, the 800 free relay team met 'B' cut standards as the squad of Bruno, Blakesley, Way, and Pearsall finished in second place with a time of 6:53.35.

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