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November 11, 2001

PSC falls to Westfield in home opener

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College and Westfield State College each won eight events Saturday, but it was the Owls that came out on top in a women's swimming and diving meet Saturday in PSC's home opener, 160-135.

The meet, originally scheduled to be held in Westfield, Mass., was moved to the PSC Natatorium due to problems with WSC's facility.

Junior Amy Bernier (Bristol, Conn.) led the way for the Panthers, capturing three sprint freestyle events. She placed first in the 50 yard free in 27.66 seconds, first in the 100 in 59.14 seconds, and first in the 200 in two minutes, 12.26 seconds.

PSC's other individual winners in swimming events included junior Allison Bregy (Camden, Maine) in the 200 yard individual medley (2:25.36) and freshman Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.) in the 100 backstroke (1:09.17). The Panthers also fared well in the diving events, with freshman Kristin Kearins (Andover, Mass.) winning both the one-meter (211.45) and three-meter (204.25) events, and classmate Becky Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) finishing runner-up on both boards.

The Panthers also placed first in the 400 yard free relay (4:15.26), with the team of Bernier, Scarborough, freshman Katie Koch (Jeffersonville, Vt.) and Bregy.

The Owls were led by senior captains Jody Stiefel (Stafford, Va.) and Julie Abare (Melrose, Mass.) and freshman Dana LedDuke (North Eastham, Mass.), who each won two individual events and teamed with freshman Jenny Gilbert (Lakeville, Mass.) to capture the 200 medley relay.

Stiefel brought home first in the 500 free (6:10.50) and 1000 free (12:47.05), Abare finished first in the 50 breaststroke (35.63) and 100 breast (1:16.38), and LedDuke was victorious in the 50 butterfly (29.06) and 100 fly (1:04.49). Gilbert also placed first in the 50 backstroke (35.63).

PSC, 0-1, is back at home again Wednesday (Nov. 15) against Salem State (6 p.m.).

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