PSU Athletics Top Ten Moments of 2017-18

PSU Athletics Top Ten Moments of 2017-18

No. 6 – Allaire caps record-breaking season with pair of NEISDA diving titles 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – As Panther Nation gears up for the start of the 2018-19 season, we've decided to look back at the impressive 2017-18 year in Plymouth State Athletics. Over the next few weeks we will reflect on some of the most exciting performances of last season while counting down the Top Ten Moments of 2017-18.

 

            No. 6: Allaire caps record-breaking season with pair of NEISDA diving titles

            You could say Plymouth State diver Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) made a splash as a freshman, though in reality the lack of splash is really what has made her so good.

            As a rookie in 2016-17, the lone diver on the PSU's women's swimming and diving team saved her best for last. In the season-ending New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship meet, Allaire swept the diving events earning titles at both 1-meter and 3-meters. She was especially impressive on the 1-meter board where she twice broke the school record. Her 352.60 in the preliminaries topped the previous best of 345.10, and she was even better in the finals when she scored a 372.50.

            After setting the bar so high, it was natural to think a slight regression might occur in 2017-18. Unfortunately, for the other divers throughout New England, the "sophomore slump" had absolutely zero effect on her.

            Allaire enjoyed one of the most successful seasons for any athlete last winter with an amazing run through the competition and the record books that started from the very beginning. At the season-opening Louise Goodrum Invitational she blew past the competition to sweep the diving events, winning by an average of nearly 60 points. It was a sign of things to come.

            The following weekend Allaire would set a new school record while claiming the win on the 1-meter board (257.55) in a dual meet at Colby-Sawyer. She was also the top performer on the 3-meter board.

            Neither of the next two events featured a diving competition. PSU's home opener was a double-dual meet, but none of the opponents had divers, and the facility at the next event didn't have boards. Apparently it was the only way to keep her from winning.

             In the first meet of 2018 she again swept the diving events, then set a school record on the 3-meter board (258.65) a week later while winning both events again.

            The new mark hadn't even made it to the record board before it was no longer relevant. Just eight days later she set yet another 3-meter record, scoring a 268.05 on the way to two more wins.

            She posted another pair of wins *yawn* in the regular season finale at Western Connecticut.

            Then came the LEC championships. On the 1-meter board the sophomore sensation suffered her first loss of the year, falling to Westfield State's Monique Groux by less than 10 points to take second. Allaire got her revenge on the 3-meter board, though, topping Groux to claim her first LEC title.

            Day one of the New England Championships featured the 1-meter preliminaries. The defending champion started the weekend off on the right foot by qualifying in the top position with, you guessed it, a school record performance (378.45). The weekend only continued to get better from there.

            The 1-meter finals took place on day two and Allaire was in top form yet again. She shattered her less-than-24-hours-old mark by more than 15 points, scoring 393.85. Back-to-back New England titles at 1-meter? Check.

            The final day featured both the preliminaries and finals of the 3-meter competition. What could Allaire possibly do as an encore? She set, wait for it, a school record (surprise, surprise) in the preliminary round to earn the top spot in the finals. Her 384.80 was more than 47 points better than her closest competition. In the finals she was merely pedestrian, only scoring a 369.95 to win by more than 30. Back-to-back New England tiles at 3-meters? Check.

            Most divers would be content with Allaire's 2017-18 results over the entirety of a four-year career. Here's what she did in just 14 weeks:

  • New England Champion at 1-meter and 3-meters (second straight year for both)
  • NEISDA Female Diver of the Meet (at New England championships)
  • LEC Champion at 3-meters, runner-up at 1-meter
  • LEC Diver of the Year
  • All-LEC First Team (3-meters)
  • All-LEC Second Team (1-meter)
  • NEISDA All-New England
  • Two-time NEISDA Diver of the Week
  • Six-time LEC Diver of the Week
  • Set (and reset) six school records
  • Set program records in 1-meter (six and 11 dives) and 3-meter (six and 11 dives)
  • Finished first in every 3-meter competition
  • Finished first in eight-of-nine 1-meter competitions

            If she never dove again her career accomplishments would likely be enough to put her in the Hall of Fame … and yet her career is only at its midpoint. What in the world will she do next?

 

            PSU Athletics Top Ten Moments of 2017-18

            No. 5 – Coming Aug. 14

            No. 6 – Allaire caps record-breaking season with pair of NEISDA diving titles

            No. 7 – Football shocks Framingham State on the way to MASCAC crown

            No. 8 – Men's basketball rallies from 12 down to top Keene State in OT

            No. 9 – Miller's no-hitter leads softball team to LEC Tournament win

            No. 10 – Panther Park renamed Parish Field

 

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