PSU Women’s Swimming and Diving defeats Saint Joseph (Conn.)

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshmen Tracey Posnick (Sharon, Mass.) and Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.) won two swimming events apiece and senior Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) swept the diving Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Saint Joseph College (Conn.), 136-100, at the PSU Natatorium.

Plymouth State won 13 of the 16 events in the meet to improve its overall record to 2-5, while the Blue Jays dropped to 0-7. The visitors had the only triple winner in the meet, as sophomore Annie Weeks (Mystic, Conn.) captured the 100-yard freestyle (59.19 seconds), the 200-yard free (2:10.66) and the 100-yard individual medley (1:10.15) for Saint Joseph.

Posnick won the two distance freestyle events for the Panthers, taking the 500 in 5:51.05 and the 1000 in 11:50.37. Little captured a pair of sprint events, touching first in the 50-yard free (26.84 seconds) and the 50-yard butterfly (29.94). DeStefano returned to the diving board after missing some time with an injury and won both the one-meter voluntary and optional events.

Five other Panthers won individual events as well. Freshman Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.) and senior Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) helped PSU sweep the backstroke events by winning the 50 and 100 (31.32 and 1:07.78), respectively, and sophomore Kaitlyn Milligan (Forestdale, Mass.) and senior Katie Bouffard (Essex Jct., Vt.) did the same in the breaststroke races, Milligan taking the 50 (36.00) and Bouffard winning the 100 (1:18.19). Sophomore Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine) placed first for the Panthers in the 100-yard fly (1:10.23).

PSU was on the winning end of both relay races, with sophomore Christina Labriola (Westerly, R.I.), Milligan, sophomore Trista Garrity (Saco, Maine) and Little teaming up to capture the 200 medley relay, and junior Christina DiGiacomo (Meriden, Conn.), freshman Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine), sophomore Mindy Martin (Malden, Mass.) and junior Rachel Loan (Methuen, Mass.) combing to earn the win in the 400 free relay.

It was a team effort for PSU, with eight Panthers winning individual events and six others teaming up for relay victories.

PSU will host its final home meet next Saturday against UMass Dartmouth at the PSU Natatorium (1:00 p.m.)

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