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January 24, 2009

Brodeur leads PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving past St. Joe

(Meet Results

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) won three events Saturday afternoon, setting a school record in one and a pool record in another, as Plymouth State University defeated the College of Saint Joseph (Conn.), 147-116, in a collegiate women's swimming at diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            The Panthers won 11 of the 16 events in the meet en route to their third straight victory, evening their record at 4-4 overall.  Saint Joseph dropped to 1-6 in dual meets.

            Brodeur (right) began her day with a victory in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in a season-best time of 1:04.42.  She then broke a nine-year-old school record in winning the 500-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 5:34.67.  That broke the previous mark of 5:36.66 set by Sandra Twaddell in 2000.

            Plymouth State also established a new pool record in the 800-yard freestyle relay, with Brodeur being joined by junior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine) and freshmen Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H.) and Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) to finish in a time of 8:36.17.  It was the first time the event had been swum in competition in the pool.

            Gondek also captured two individual events for PSU, finishing first in the 50-yard free (season-best 27.19 seconds) and the 50-yard fly (30.21).

            Four other Panther swimmers won individual events -- junior Tracey Posnick (Sharon, Mass.) in the 1000 free (11:54.95), Innis in the 50 back (32.43), senior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine) in the 100 back (1:11.45) and freshman Brittany Bradley (Scarborough, Maine) in the 100 breast (1:14.23).

            PSU also swept both diving events, with freshman Devin Silverthorne-Lillie (Newport, N.H.) winning on one-meter (142.00) and classmate Nora Regan (West Hartford, Conn.) taking the three-meter (155.60).

            The Blue Jays were led by seniors Anne Weeks (Mystic, Conn.) and Sarah Wheeler (Winchendon Springs, Mass.), who won two individual events apiece.  Weeks captured the 200 free (2:13.82) and 50 breast (34.46) while Wheeler took the 100 free (59.33 seconds) and the 100 individual medley (1:09.15).  They teamed up with sophomore Kristine Ellegard (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and freshman Mary Provencher (West Hartford, Conn.) to win the 200 medley relay (2:03.44).

            PSU hosts its final home meet of the season next Saturday against UMass Dartmouth on Senior Day at the PSU Natatorium (1:00 p.m.)  Saint Joseph returns home to host Westfield State on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. 

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