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February 22, 2004

PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving finishes seventh at New Englands

WALTHAM, Mass. - With all nine Panthers scoring points for the team, Plymouth State University moved up a place Sunday and finished seventh overall at the Annual New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Bentley College.

PSU scored points in six different events on the final day and finished with 378 points in the 21-team event. Bentley captured the team title with 895, with UMass Dartmouth (722), Brandeis (716), Keene State (613), St. Michael's (469) and Colby-Sawyer (462) rounding out the top six schools. The Panthers have placed either sixth of seventh at the New Englands the last four years.

PSU's senior divers concluded outstanding careers, with the three finishing in the 2-3-4 spots in Sunday's three-meter event. Becky Huntington (Hampstead, N.H.), who was runner-up on one-meter on Friday, took second place on the high board and regained her school record with a score of 373.15. Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.), who won the one-meter title on Friday, posted a personal-best score of 353.05 on three-meter and placed third, and Jenna Crescenzi (Killingworth, Conn.), who broke the school record in Saturday's three-meter preliminaries with a score of 354.00, came back Sunday with a 343.60 in the finals to place fourth.

Kearins also earned the two major diving awards. She was selected Diver of the Meet and Senior Diver of the Year. All three PSU divers helped Panther head coach Al Switzer receive the Charles Batterman Diving Coach of the Year Award for the second straight year.

PSU's swimmers also finished with a bang on Sunday. Senior Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.) led the way for the Panthers, taking fourth place in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:23.48. She swam a season-best 2:20.49 earlier in the day to reach the finals. Scarborough ended the three-day meet with a seventh place in the 100 fly, a sixth in the 400 individual medley, and a fourth in the 200 fly.

Other top performances were accomplished by freshman Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) and senior Annabelle Winters (Chester, N.H.). Anton, who already placed fifth in the 200 back and eighth in the 100 back, setting school records in both races, ended her weekend with an eighth place in the 50 back in a season-best time of 30.75. Winters finished 10th in the 1,650 freestyle in 19:40.88, giving her Top 12 places in the 500, 1000 and 1,650 freestyle events.

Winters also swam on four PSU relay teams, and Scarborough and Anton three each.

Two other Panthers who scored points Sunday included senior Andrea Denoncour (Chicopee, Mass.), who was 17th in the 50 back (32.19), and freshman Katie Bouffard (Essex Jct., Vt.), who was 17th in the 200 breaststroke (2:49.84).

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