DANBURY, Conn. - Western Connecticut State University won 11 of the 16 events Wednesday afternoon, but Plymouth State University showed superior depth and defeated the Colonials, 158-126, in a women's swimming and diving meet.
The Panthers posted their second straight victory and improved to 3-4 overall, while WestConn suffered its first dual meet loss of the season dropped to 4-1. The Colonials had placed third and the Panthers fifth at last month's Little East Conference championship meet.
Leading the way for Plymouth State was freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.), who captured three individual victories and swam a leg on a winning relay team. Brodeur won the 50-yard free in 27.30 seconds, the 100 free in 59.10 seconds, and the 200 free in 2:07.80. She teamed with junior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine), senior Kaitlyn Milligan (Forestdale, Mass.) and freshman Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) to win the 400 free relay race in 3:59.80.
Also winning for the Panthers was freshman Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H.), who touched first in the 1000-yard free (12:21.10). She also placed second in the 500 free (6:05.80) and the 50 backstroke (32.80).
PSU placed second in 13 of the 14 individual events and took third in 12 of the 14. Senior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine) was runner-up in the 50 fly, 100 fly, and 200 individual medley to lead the way.
Junior Francesca Testa (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Megan Dyson led the Colonials with three individual victories apiece. Testa won the 50 and 100 backstroke and 50 fly and Dyson took the 50 and 100 breaststroke and the 200 I.M. Freshman Sondra McAdam (Redding, Conn.) won two swimming events, the 100 fly and the 500 free, and sophomore Heather Bodington placed first in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events.
PSU returns home for its next two meets, beginning Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the PSU Natatorium against the College of Saint Joseph (Conn.) WestConn is home again on Saturday, hosting in-state rival Eastern Connecticut at 1:00 p.m.
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