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January 19, 2005

Keene State splashes PSU in swimming and diving

KEENE, N.H. - Keene State College took first place in 12 out of 16 events Wednesday evening and posted a 144-115 victory over rival Plymouth State University in a women's swimming and diving meet held at Spaulding Gym Pool.

The outcome marked the Owls' eighth straight victory over the Panthers in the pool.  Keene State, which is in its first season under former PSU assistant coach Al Rozzi, improves to 5-1 overall while the Panthers drop to 1-5.

The Owls were led by freshmen Kelly Yankowski (Turners Falls, Mass.) and Darcie Gauthier (Claremont, N.H.).  Yankowski captured wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races (26.28 and 58.01 seconds, respectively) while Gauthier prevailed in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events (1:14.84 and 2:45.74).  Yankowski also teamed up with Karly Smith (Concord, N.H.), Katlin Pryor (Jaffrey, N.H.) and Devon Trabilsy (Hillsborough, N.J.) to win the 200-yard medley relay (2:01.85).

Keene State's other individual winners were Cathy Sue Klein (Middlesex, N.J.) in the 100 butterfly (1:05.39) and the 200 freestyle (2:07.27), Molly Clyborne (Severna Park, Md.) in the 200 butterfly (3:03.34), Trabilsy in the 1,000 freestyle (12:00.34), Pryor in the 500 free (5:31.83), and Andria Titko (East Longmeadow, Mass.) in the one-meter diving (181.50 points).

Sophomore Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) provided the meet highlight for Plymouth State, winning three individual races.  She touched first in the 100 backstroke (1:05.83), the 200 backstroke (2:34.43) and the 200 individual medley (season-best 2:27.15).  Sophomore Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) also took first for PSU in the three-meter diving with a season-best score of 199.10 points.

PSU returns home to host Saint Joseph (Conn.) Saturday at the PSU Natatorium (1:00 p.m.).  Keene State travels to Eastern Connecticut on Saturday.

  (Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)

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