Huntington earns top diving honor as PSC finishes 6th

WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State College finished in sixth place over the weekend at the annual New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Bentley College.

The sixth place finish was an improvement of one spot over last year's seventh place. The Panthers scored 470 points, up from last year's 394 point total. Bentley won the team title with 910 points, and Keene State (658), UMass Dartmouth (601), Brandeis (574), and St. Michael's (527) rounded out the top five. There were 20 teams competing in the event.

Plymouth State also received two of the top five individual awards. Junior Becky Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.) was named Diver of the Meet, and PSC head coach Al Switzer was voted the Charles Batterman Diving Coach of the Year.

Huntington finished the meet Sunday by winning the New England title on the three-meter board, scoring a school-record 349.25 points. Huntington had finished third in the one-meter diving on Friday. PSC's other two divers in the three-meter event fared well. Junior Jen Crescenzi (Killingworth, Conn.) followed up her fourth place on the low board with a third place on the high board (with a score of 331.85), and junior Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.), who won the one-meter diving on Friday, finished sixth on three-meter (323.30). Huntington's record score on Sunday broke Crescenzi's mark of 348.50, set at last year's New Englands.

Junior Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, NH) wrapped up a terrific meet with another strong performance on Sunday. She set a new school standard for the third straight day, finishing third in the 200-yard butterfly with a PSC-record time of 2:17.59. It broke her own mark of 2:19:80 set earlier this season. Scarborough broke the 11-year-old school record in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday night, and came back Saturday to finish runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley in record time.

Scarborough also swam the second leg of PSC's team in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the meet's final event. She teamed with senior Caitlin O'Connor (Rochester, N.H.), freshman Tessa Ferrario (Waterbury, Vt.) and junior Annabelle Winters (Chester, NH) to finish in sixth place with a time of 4:59.99. It matched PSC's 800 free relay team (with the same four swimmers) as the best finish for the Panthers in the meet's five relay races.

Others who competed in Sunday's evening finals included O'Connor, sixth in the 100 free (59.81); Ferrario, seventh in the 100 I.M. (1:07.02); Winters, 10th in the 1,650 freestyle (20:02.25); sophomore Pam Shea (Cheshire, Conn.), 12th in the 50 back (32.32), and senior Vanessa Re (West Hartford, Conn.), 18th in the 200 breaststroke (2:57.82).