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PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving still strong at New Englands

WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State University held its own and maintained eighth place Saturday on Day Two of the New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Bentley College.

The Panthers scored points Saturday in two individual events and two relays, upping their total to 163 points. Bentley leads the way with 343, comfortably ahead of runner-up UMass Dartmouth (266). There are 21 teams competing in the event.

Senior Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) had the top performances for the Panthers on Saturday. Scarborough brought home sixth place in the grueling 400-yard individual medley, touching the wall in 5:07.28. She had posted a season-best time of 5:02.85 earlier in the day to reach the finals. Anton swam a school-record time of 1:05.52 to take eighth place in the 100 yard backstroke, narrowly breaking the previous Panther standard of 1:05.53 by Danielle Paturzo (1998). Anton broke Paturzo's record in the 200 back on Friday.

Another outstanding swim for the Panther came from senior Annabelle Winters (Chester, N.H.), who placed 12th in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:59.27. Senior Andrea Denoncour (Chicopee, Mass.) also scored points for PSU with a 17th place in the 100 back (1:09.80).

The Panther relay teams were again in the middle of the pack. The 200 medley relay squad of Anton, freshman Katie Bouffard (Essex Jct., Vt.), Scarborough, and freshman Rachel Hersey (Newburyport, Mass.) placed 11th in 2:03.94, and the 800 free relay team of Winters, Anton, Hersey and Denoncour finished ninth in 8:48.63.

The three-meter diving preliminaries were also held Saturday, and all three Panther seniors finished in the top five. Jenna Crescenzi (Killingworth, Conn.) broke the school record in the 11-dive format with a score of 354.00, the second-highest score for the day. Becky Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.), the defending champion, and Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.), who won the one-meter title on Friday, were fourth and fifth, respectively, in Saturday's three-meter prelims. The three-meter finals, and the conclusion of the meet, are set for Sunday night.

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