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PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving takes 13th at New Englands

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            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) registered the best finish for a Plymouth State University swimmer again on Sunday, highlighting the Panthers' performance on the final day of the annual New England Division II/III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            The Panthers finished in 13th place out of 22 competing schools over the three-day championships. PSU scored 189 points, 13 points behind 12th-place UMass Dartmouth (202) and well ahead of 14th-place Assumption College (141).  Keene State College successfully defended its title with 930 points, outdistancing runner-up Bentley College (830), and Saint Michael's College was a distant third with 523.

            Brodeur (right) qualified for the ‘B' finals for the third straight day, this time in the 100-yard freestyle.  She swam a season-best time of 56.94 seconds in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals in eighth place, and she lowered her time again in the finals to 56.72, touching the wall first to capture seventh place.  Brodeur also earned seventh place in the 200-yard free on Saturday, and took ninth in the 500-yard free on Friday in school-record time.

            Two other Panther swimmers scored points for the team Sunday competing in the ‘C' finals.  Junior Chaz Sweeney(Methuen, Mass.) earned the 18th and last spot in the 50-yard backstroke finals with her time of 31.42 seconds in the prelims, and she moved up to 13th place in the finals with a 30.68 clocking.  Sophomore Lindsay Graham (Framingham, Mass.) finished in 15th place in the 200-yard breaststroke, posting a season-best time of 2:46.04 in the afternoon and lowering it to 2:44.75 in the finals.

            Also competing for the Panthers on Sunday were senior Amanda Branch (Gray, Maine), 20th in the 200-yard butterfly; freshman Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine), 20th in the 200-yard breaststroke; freshman Brittany Shortell (Ansonia, Conn.) and sophomore Alison Thayer (Higganum, Conn.), 24th and 30th, respectively, in the 50-yard backstroke; and senior Kaitlyn Milligan (Forestdale, Mass.), juniors Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine) and Shari Weiss (Long Beach, N.Y.), and freshman Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) in the 100-yard freestyle.

            Plymouth State placed 14th in the final event of the meet, the 400-yard free relay, with the team of Milligan, Brodeur, Innis and Graham finishing in a time of 3:56.92.

            The Panthers capped a successful season under 18th-year head coach Al Switzer. PSU posted a 6-4 record in dual meets, the best mark since going 7-3 in 1998-99.

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