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January 31, 2009

PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving posts fourth straight victory

(Meet Results

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) won three individual events and swam on a winning relay team Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 146-126, in a collegiate women's swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            The Panthers captured 11 of the 16 events in the meet, posting their fourth straight victory to improve their record to 5-4 overall.  UMass Dartmouth dropped to 2-9 in dual meets.

            Brodeur placed first in the 100-yard butterfly (season-best 1:04.32), the 500-yard freestyle (5:35.18) and the 100-yard freestyle (58.39 seconds).  She also teamed up with junior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine), senior Kaitlyn Milligan (Forestdale, Mass.) and freshman Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) to finish first in the 400-yard free relay (4:00.67.)

            Milligan and Gondek were also individual winners for the Panthers, Milligan taking the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 27.44 seconds and Gondek the 200 free in 2:09.89.

            Junior Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.) captured two individual events for PSU, winning the 50-yard backstroke (31.67 seconds) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.92).  She combined with freshman Brittany Bradley (Scarborough, Maine), senior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine) and junior Shari Weiss (Long Beach, N.Y.) to win the 200-yard medley relay.

            PSU freshman Nora Regan (West Hartford, Conn.) won both diving events, scoring 168.90 on the one-meter board and a season-best 182.35 on three-meter.

            The Corsairs were led by junior Kathleen Foley (Haverhill, Mass.), who captured three individual events.  She touched first in the 50-yard breaststroke (33.96 seconds), the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.33) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.30).  Freshman Kim Moore (Billerica, Mass.) also finished first for UMD in the 1,000-yard free (11:45.60) and senior Lisa Sands (Taunton, Mass.) was the winner of the 50-yard butterfly (30.61).

            The Panthers conclude the dual meet portion of the schedule next Saturday with a visit to Simmons College for a 12 noon start.  UMD competes in its final dual next Saturday at Colby-Sawyer College (1:00 p.m.)

            The New England Championships are just three weeks away, Feb. 20-22, at UMass Dartmouth.

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