BOSTON, Mass. - The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team capped the regular season in winning fashion Saturday afternoon, defeating Simmons College, 160-135, to end the dual meets with a five-meet winning streak.
The Panthers won 10 of the 16 events and posted numerous personal-best times to sink the Sharks. PSU completes the dual meet season with a 6-4 record, the Panthers' best record since going 7-3 in 1998-99. Simmons had a two-meet winning streak stopped and completes the regular season with a 4-6 record.
Three PSU freshman swimmers won two individual events each. Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) took first place in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle in season-best times of 27.17 seconds and 2:08.68, respectively; Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine) captured the 50-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke in season-best times of 34.08 seconds and 2:40.91, respectively; and Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) touched first in the 100-yard free (58.44 seconds) and 50-yard butterfly (29.64).
Other Panthers to win individual events included senior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine) in the 200-yard fly (career-best 2:26.50) and junior Tracey Posnick (Sharon, Mass.) in the 400-yard individual medley (season-best 5:03.90). Posnick also had strong swims in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events, posting season-best times of 5:43.41 and 11:40.08.
Plymouth State also did well in the relay events, as junior Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.), Bradley, Branch and senior Kaitlyn Milligan (Forestdale, Mass.) teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay (2:03.34), and junior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine), Brodeur, Milligan and Gondek teamed up to win the 200-yard free relay, setting a pool record (1:47.70) in the process.
Senior Keri-Ann Arsenault (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton) led the Sharks with victories in the 500 free (5:36.23) and 1000 free (11:19.31). Senior Jenny Erviti (Warwick, Mass.) won the 50 backstroke (32.65), senior Julia Herman (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) captured the 200 back (2:27.90), and juniors Amanda Dirksfield (Marshfield, Mass.) and Heather O'Connell (Longmeadow, Mass.) swept the one- and three-meter diving events (191.15 and 206.75, respectively).
Both teams will compete in the annual New England Championships on Feb. 20-22, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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