PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The latest round of Little East Conference weekly honors includes two Plymouth State University student-athletes, a freshman swimmer and a junior men's basketball player.
Freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) was named LEC Women's Swimming Rookie of the Week, and junior Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) was selected to the LEC Men's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll. Brodeur earned the honor for the second time this season, while Chergey, a former LEC All-Rookie Team selection, was recognized for the first time this season.
A freshman freestyler and butterflier, Brodeur (right) won five individual events and swam a leg on two winning relays teams as PSU went 2-0 for the week, including an upset victory over Western Connecticut. She won the 50-yard free (27.30 seconds), the 100 free (59.10), and the 200 free (2:07.80) in Wednesday's win over WestConn, and she was also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
Brodeur came back Saturday with three victories in a Panther win over Saint Joseph College (Conn.), breaking the school record in one event and setting a new pool standard in another. She started with a victory in the 100-yard butterfly, with a season-best time of 1:04.42, 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. Brodeur finished her day as a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that won the event and established a new pool record (8:36.17). It was the first time the event had been swum in competition in the pool.
A 6'6" forward, Chergey (left) averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Panthers, shooting nearly 70 percent from the field. He recorded his first double-double of the season in Tuesday's win over Keene State, scoring 14 points and collecting 11 rebounds, and he scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Saturday's loss to Eastern Connecticut. He made 7-of-10 shot attempts against Keene and 9-of-13 against Eastern to finish 16-of-23 for the week (.696). He also made 6-of-7 from the free throw line and mixed in two assists and two steals.
Chergey is heating up for the Panthers in the second half of the season. He is now averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, and ranks fourth in the LEC in field goal percentage (52.1 percent).
The Panther basketball teams will play a pair of Little East road games this week at Southern Maine and Western Connecticut. The PSU swimming and diving team will be home on Saturday against UMass Dartmouth for Senior Day, the final home meet of the season.
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