Kearins wins N.E. Diving title

WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State College is in sixth place after the first day of competition at the annual New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Bentley College.

The Panthers are sixth with 181 points. Bentley leads the way with 338, followed by Keene State (235), Brandeis (216), UMass Dartmouth (201), and St. Michael's (189). There are 20 teams competing in the event.

PSC's diving contingent did very well on the first day, placing three of the top four in the one-meter event. Junior Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.) captured the New England title with a school-record score of 292.85, bettering the mark (290.65) she set at last year's New Englands. Juniors Becky Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) and Jen Crescenzi (Killingworth, Conn.) were close behind, with Huntington finishing in third place with a score of 288.50 and Crescenzi in fourth with a score of 288.05.

Junior Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.) turned in the top swimming performance for the Panthers. She brought home fifth place in the 100-yard butterfly, and in the process broke one of the oldest school records in the books. Scarborough's time of 1:02.69 broke the previous mark of 1:03.54, set by Michelle Gayton in 1992.

Junior Annabelle Winters (Chester, NH) had a solid seventh place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:41.29. Others who competed in the evening finals included freshman Tessa Ferrario (Waterbury, Vt.), 11th in the 50 breaststroke (36.04); sophomore Pam Shea (Cheshire, Conn.), 14th in the 200 backstroke (2:29.04); and senior Caitlin O'Connor (Rochester, N.H.), 15th in the 50 freestyle (27.16). Freshman Tara Vandenbosch (Waterford, Conn.) also placed 9th in the one-meter diving (228.95).

The competition continues through Sunday.