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February 3, 2007

Simmons sinks PSU Women’s Swimming and Diving

BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Keri-Ann Arsenault (Chester, N.H.) won three grueling individual events Saturday afternoon to pace Simmons College to a 166-124 victory over Plymouth State University in NCAA women's swimming and diving action at the Holmes Sports Center Pool.

Arsenault placed first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:43.30), the 500-yard freestyle (5:44.46) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.90). Junior Elizabeth Chan (Brookline, Mass.) also took the two breaststroke events for the Sharks, winning the 50 and 200-yard races in times of 34.96 and 2:43.49, respectively.

Freshmen Kaitlyn Ellis (Nantucket, Mass.), Caitlin Urciuoli (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Brittany Torelli (Waterbury, Conn.) also won individual events for the Sharks, who improved to a program-record 9-1 in dual meets on the season. Ellis took the 200-yard free (2:08.80), Urciuoli captured the 200-yard butterfly (2:28.39) and Torelli the 50-yard free (27.21).

Senior Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) provided the highlights for the Panthers with a pair of victories in the diving events. Competing in the final dual meet of her career, DeStefano set the school record on the one-meter board with a score of 246.05, eclipsing the mark of 244.85 set in 2004 by Krit Kearins. DeStefano also won the three meter event with a score of 237.75, remaining undefeated in dual meets this season with her eighth diving sweep.

Freshman Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.) also won two events for the Panthers, touching first in the 50-yard butterfly (28.93 seconds) and the 100-yard free (57.31). Single winners for PSU included freshman Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.) in the 50-yard backstroke (31.60 seconds) and senior Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) in the 200 back (2:25.83).

The teams will now gear up for the New England Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held Feb. 16-18 at the University of New Hampshire.

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