WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State College is in fifth place among 18 teams after the first day of competition at the New England Division II-III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Bentley College.
The Panthers scored points in seven of the eight events that were held Friday, including two relays. The competition continues with more events both Saturday and Sunday, with preliminaries held in the afternoon and finals in the evening.
Host Bentley College leads the field with 357 points, followed by Keene State (312), UMass Dartmouth (249), Brandeis (215) and PSC (178). Simmong (171), Gordon (160), Bridgewater State (153), Eastern Connecticut (141) and Saint Michael's (138) round out the top 10.
PSC's top performance Friday came in the one-meter diving, where sophomore Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.) placed fourth overall. Kearins, who placed ninth in the event last season, also established a school record, scoring 319.90 points. The Panther swimmers who placed in the top 10 in their events included junior Caitlin O'Connor (Rochester, N.H.), who was eighth in the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 26.71; sophomore Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.), who finished ninth in the 200 backstroke (2:27.28); and senior Amy Bernier (Bristol, Conn.), who placed 10th in the 100 butterfly in a season-best 1:06.21.
Plymouth State has traditionally done well in the relay events, and this year is no exception. PSC's 400 yard medley relay team of Scarborough, Bernier, senior Allison Bregy (Camden, Maine) and sophomore Kaitlyn Koch (Jeffersonville, Vt.) finished sixth in 4:33.02, and the 200 free relay squad of Koch, Bernier, Scarborough and O'Connor placed eighth in 1:49.15. PSC finished sixth as a team among 17 schools at last year's championships.