Kingston, R.I. - December 4, 2009 - Fueled by a pair of relay victories, the Springfield College men's swimming team sits in second place after the opening day of the Harold Anderson Invitational at Rhode Island University on Friday evening. The Pride was victorious in both the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay.
Despite not receiving any points in diving as the Springfield divers are competing at the TCNJ Diving Invitational, the Pride is second after the first day with 248 points. URI is first with 260.5, while Providence College is third with 198.5, and Holy Cross and Bryant are tied in fourth with 163 points.
The Pride took first in the 400 medley relay as Scott Mackstutis, Ryan Mackstutis, Brian Way, and Andrew Blakesley touched first in 3:38.31.
Blakesley then went on to claim first place in the 500 free as he finished in a time of 4:55.21, while teammate Tim Ramos took third in 4:58.07.
In the 200 IM, Way took fourth in 2:03.31 and in the 50 free, Matt Manoni touched sixth in 22.47.
Blakesley anchored the Pride's 200 free relay that scored first-place points as he teammed with Manoni and the Mackstutis' brothers to finish in 1:28.43.
The Pride will return to the pool at 10:00 am on Saturday morning to compete the two-day event.