PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving drops dual meet to Bentley

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Bentley College set a pool relay record and had five individuals win two events apiece Sunday afternoon en route to a 164-112 victory over Plymouth State University in a women's swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            It was the first meet in nearly a month for both teams.  Bentley improves its dual meet record to 4-2, while the Panthers drop to 1-4.

            Bentley opened the meet with a pool record in the 400-yard medley relay, as senior Michelle Marbella (Waltham, Mass./Arlington Catholic), junior Kaitlin Chepeleff (Vernon, Conn./Rockville), freshman Anne Kaduboski (Dedham, Mass.) and senior Liza Connolly (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) won the race in four minutes, 22.84 seconds.  That broke the previous mark of 4:26.98, set by Plymouth State in 1995.

            Senior Christina DiGiacomo (Meriden, Conn.) was a double-winner for PSU, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.22 and the 500 free in 6:00.07.  The Panthers also swept the two backstroke events, with sophomore Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.) winning the 50 back in 31.01 seconds and junior Christina Labriola (Westerly, R.I.) touching first in the 100 back in 1:08.23.

            The five double winners for Bentley were Chepeleff, Connolly, seniors Arden Brust (Newark, N.Y.) and Kimiko Tanaka (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and freshman Emily Travers (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter).  Chepeleff captured the 100 yard butterfly (1:06.07) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.85); Connolly won the 50 free (26.32 seconds) and 50 fly (29.06); Brust finished first in the 1000 free (11:12.15) and 100 free (59.26); Tanaka took the 50 breast (35.79) and 100 individual medley (1:11.53), and Travers swept the one- and three-meter diving (178.20 and 194.80, respectively).

            The Panthers will host the annual Alumni meet next Saturday, Jan. 12, and return to competition with a home meet against Keene State on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

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