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February 24, 2002

PSC finishes 7th at N.E. Championships

WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State College registered with its strongest day of the competition Sunday and finished in seventh place among 18 teams at the New England Division II-III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Bentley College.

The Panthers had three individual finalists Sunday and scored points in seven of the eight events, finishing the three-day meet with 394 points. Host Bentley College won the championship with 912 points, followed by Keene State (857), Brandeis (596), UMass Dartmouth (546), Simmons (496.5), Gordon (443), and PSC. Saint Michael's (352), Bridgewater State (343), and Eastern Connecticut (305) rounded out the top 10.

Sophomore Jen Crescenzi (Killingworth, Conn.) turned in PSC's top performance Sunday, placing fourth in the three-meter diving finals and setting a school-record in the 10-dive format with 348.50 points. Crescenzi matched the diving of classmate Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.), who established a school record and placed fourth in the one-meter event on Friday.

PSC's two swimming finalists Sunday were senior Allison Bregy (Camden, Maine) and sophomore Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.). Bregy, who placed fifth Saturday in the 400 yard individual medley, finished fifth Sunday in the 100 I.M. with a personal best time of 1:06.36. Scarborough, who was ninth Saturday in the 200 backstroke, placed sixth in the 200 yard butterfly Sunday with a time of 2:25.25. She set the school record in the event (2:19.92) earlier this season.

Junior Caitlin O'Connor (Rochester, N.H.) picked up another top 10 finish for the Panthers. She added a 10th place in the 100 yard freestyle on Sunday (59.20) to the eighth place she received Saturday in the 50 free.

Plymouth State finished seventh in the final event of the meet, the 400 yard free relay, as the team of O'Connor, sophomore Ann Winters (Chester, N.H.), sophomore Kaitlyn Koch (Jeffersonville, Vt.) and Bregy won the consolation final with a time of 3:57.40 (splits of 58.87, 1:00.46, 59.17 and 58.90).

The Panthers finished the dual meet season with a 5-5 record under 11th-year head coach Al Switzer.

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