PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving still in 13th place at New Englands

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Seven different swimmers and divers scored points in individual events for Plymouth State University Saturday as the Panthers remained in 13th place out of 22 schools after the second day of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association's Women's Division II-III Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            The Panthers have scored 151.5 points thru Saturday, the second day of the three-day meet, with 18 events completed. Keene State College is the team leader with 642 points, Bentley College is second with 630, and Bryant University (572), Bridgewater State College (360.5), Saint Michael's College (282) round out the top five.

            While there were strong individual performances, the top place finisher for PSU was the 200-yard medley relay team.  The line-up of sophomore Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.), junior Kaitlyn Milligan (Forestdale, Mass./Sandwich), sophomore Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.) and senior Christina DiGiacomo (Meriden, Conn./Platt) won the consolation heat with a time of 2:01.12 to finish in seventh place overall.

            Little picked up the top individual place for PSU, taking ninth in the 50-yard butterfly.  Three Panther swimmers scored points in the 400-yard individual medley, with freshman Lindsay Graham (Framingham, Mass.) placing 11th, junior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine/Bonny Eagle) 14th, and sophomore Tracey Posnick (Sharon, Mass.) 17th.  Posnick duplicated her 17th place with the same finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, posting season-best times in both events.

            DiGiacomo dropped over three seconds off her best time in the 200-yard freestyle en route to a 14th place, finishing in 2:05.42.  Milligan also posted her best time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.71) and finished in 18th place, and senior Kate Marrie (Swampscott, Mass.) finished in 14th place in the one-meter diving.

            PSU's 800-yard freestyle relay team of DiGiacomo, Graham, and juniors Christina Labriola (Westerly, R.I.) and Laura Bowker (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished in 14th place in the final event of the evening.

            The competition concludes on Sunday at UMD, with preliminaries in the afternoon and finals in the evening.

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