WESTFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) captured three individual events and swam a leg on the decisive relay squad Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University nipped Westfield State College, 149-148, in an exciting women's swimming and diving meet.
The Panthers overcame a 13-point deficit in the final two events to break a 16-year losing streak to the Owls, defeating Westfield for the first time since a 151-145 decision on Feb. 13, 1993. PSU improves to 3-0 in dual meets this season and has won eight straight dual meets dating back to last season. Westfield drops to 2-3.
Brodeur hit the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. She also was a member of the victorious 400 freestyle relay that garnered 11 points in the comeback win. Freshman Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H.) also was a big point producer, placing first in the 100 breastroke and 200 individual medley (the next-to-last event) and second in the 1,000 freestyle. Plymouth State senior Caitlyn Little (Scituate, MA) won the 50 butterfly and placed second in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
The Owls had three double winners: Lindsey Malboeuf (50 and 100 backstroke), Jenna Tasse (50 and 100 freestyle), and Longmeadow's Kim Schmidt (one and three-meter diving).
PSU is now idle for final exams and the holidays. The Panthers return to the pool with four straight home meets in January, beginning on the sixth against Bentley College (1:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Westfield State Sports Information)
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