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February 7, 2007

PSU Diver earns ECAC Weekly honor for second time this season

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The top diver on the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team was recognized Wednesday with a top regional honor by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Senior Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) was selected the ECAC Women's Division III Co-Diver of the Week. It is the second time this season and the third time in her career that she has received the weekly honor from the ECAC. A former gymnast now in her third year as a diver, DeStefano provided the highlights for the Panthers last Saturday with a pair of diving victories in PSU's dual meet against Simmons.

Competing in the final dual meet of her career, DeStefano (left) 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 former New England champion 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. She also won the Little East Conference championships on both boards in December.

DeStefano will be back on the board for the New England Championships on Feb. 16-18 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. She finished third on the one-meter board and runner-up in the three-meter event at last year's New Englands.

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