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Panthers complete dual meets at 5-5

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Simmons College snapped a seven-year losing streak to Plymouth State College in women's swimming and diving Saturday, defeating the Panthers, 164-136, in the final dual meet of the season at the PSC Natatorium. Simmons captured 11 of the 16 events in the meet to capture the victory, including both diving events and one of the two relays. Plymouth State completes the dual meet season with a 5-5 record.PSC finished 3-6 last season and 4-5 the year before.

Leading the way for the Sharks was senior diver Sarah Brown (Greenfield, Mass.), who set pool records en route to winning both diving events. She scored 232.80 on the one-meter board and 247.55 on three-meter. Sophomore Jenn Merry (Bath, Maine) and junior Jean Lincoln (Brewster, Mass.) each won two freestyle events for Simmons, with Merry winning the 50 in 27.22 seconds and the 100 in 59.89 and Lincoln taking the 200 in 2:07.92 and the 500 in 5:43.58. Other winners for Simmons included senior Lyn Cocchiaro (Darien, Conn.) in the 50 breaststroke (37.30), freshman Katie Fitzgerald (Scituate, Mass.) in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.73), junior Sarah Raymunt (Waterbury, Conn.) in the 50 butterfly (29.18), and freshman Kate Stitzer (Dallas, Tex.) in the 50 backstroke (32.35).

Plymouth State got strong performances from senior Allison Bregy (Camden, Maine) and sophomore Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.), who won two individual events apiece. Bregy finished first in the 1000 freestyle in a season-best 11:57.15 and the 200 individual medley in 2:26.55. Scarborough captured the 100 fly in 1:05.68 and the 100 back in 1:07.65. Bregy and Scarborough were joined by senior Amy Bernier (Bristol, Conn.) and junior Caitlin O'Connor (Rochester, N.H.) on the winning 400 freestyle relay team. Sophomore Becky Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) finished runner-up for PSC in the one-meter diving, setting a school record with a score of 226.65.

The Panthers now prepare for the biggest meet of the season, the annual New England Championship on Feb. 22-24 at Bentley College.