NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth captured its first Little East Conference women's swimming and diving championship Saturday, winning the annual meet with a nine-point margin over defending champion Keene State College.
The host Corsairs finished with 404 points in the team standings, while runner-up Keene State ended up with 395 points. Eastern Connecticut placed third with 311, followed by Western Connecticut (253) and Plymouth State University (168). Keene State won three straight LEC Championships from 2000-02, and last year's meet was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Despite the Panthers' fifth-place finish, head coach Al Switzer was pleased with the team's performance. Of the 21 PSU swimmers and divers in the meet, 19 improved their times or scores.
The top performances for PSU were turned in by sophomore Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) and freshman Christina Miller (Manchester, N.H./Central). Anton placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.03, and she took third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:23.62. Miller placed fourth in three individual events - the 50-yard freestyle (26.72 seconds), the 100-yard freestyle (59.19) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:08.19).
Freshmen Christina DiGiacomo (Meriden, Conn.) and Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) also had strong performances for the Panthers. DiGiacomo finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:10.65), and DeStefano placed fourth in the one-meter diving (168.35 points) and sixth in the three-meter diving (172.15).
PSU, 1-1 in dual meets, wraps up competition for the first semester next Saturday (Dec. 11) with a home dual meet against Westfield State (1:00 p.m.).
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