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February 21, 2009

PSU in 13th place at N.E. Women’s Swimming/Diving Meet

(Meet Results

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) posted the top individual finish for Plymouth State University again on Saturday, highlighting the Panthers' performance on Day Two of the annual New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            The Panthers are in13th place out of the 22 competing schools thru two days and 17 events, having scored 150 points. PSU is just three points behind Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth, and a solid 59 points ahead of 14th-place Saint Joseph College (Conn.)  Defending champion Keene State College leads the meet with 649 points, with Bentley second with 563 points and Saint Michael's College a distant third with 383.

            Brodeur, who placed ninth in the 500-yard freestyle on Friday in school-record time, recorded a seventh place on Saturday in the 200-yard free.  She finished in seventh in the preliminaries with a personal-best time of 2:03.23, and she maintained the seventh place in the ‘B' final, lowering her time to 2:02.32.

            Three other Panther swimmers scored points for the team competing in the ‘C' finals.  Sophomore Lindsay Graham (Framingham, Mass.) finished 13th in the 400-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 5:14.68, moving up from 16th and dropping five seconds from her time in the prelims, when she swam a personal-best 5:19.57.  Senior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine) came in 16th in the same event, touching the wall in 5:19.60, and freshman Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine) was 18th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.01).

            The rest of the individual swims for PSU included Graham finishing 21st in the 100 breaststroke in a personal-best time of 1:17.98; freshman Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) taking 21st in the 200 free; freshman Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H.) placing 22nd in the 1000 yard free; and junior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine) finishing 24th in the 100-yard backstroke.

            Both Panther relays teams finished in 11th place on Saturday.  Junior Chaz Sweeney(Methuen, Mass.), Bradley, Brodeur and Milligan teamed up to finish 11th in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:01.55, and Gruner, Brodeur, Innis and Gondek did the same in the 800 free relay in 8:43.72.

            The three-day meet concludes on Sunday with preliminary events during the day and championship finals in the evening. 

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