PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.) captured three individual races and sophomore Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) added a pair of individual victories and a relay win Wednesday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 153-125 victory over Western Connecticut State University in a women's swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.
Each team won seven individual events and one relay but the Panthers used stronger depth with several second and third place finishes to pull out the meet. PSU improves to 5-1 on the season while WestConn drops to 3-2. Plymouth State has also won 10 of its last 11 dual meets dating back to last season.
Little finished in first place in the 50-yard freestyle (26.44 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (58.84) while also touching the wall first in the 50-yard butterfly (29.26). Brodeur was the winner of the 200-yard free in 2:08.37 and the 100-yard fly (1:08.22) and also teamed with freshman Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.), senior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine) and freshman Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H.) to win the final race of the meet, the 400-yard free relay.
Two other Panthers won individual events as Samaro took the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:04.69) and sophomore Nora Regan (West Hartford, Conn.) scored the highest in the one-meter diving (167.75).
The outcome of the meet spoiled strong performances by WestConn juniors Katie Meleg (Danbury, Conn.) and Megan Dyson (Farmington, Conn.), who captured three individual events apiece. Meleg was the winner of the 50-yard and 100-yard backstroke (30.66 and 1:06.33, respectively) and 500-yard free (5:33.54) while Dyson won the 50-yard and 100-yard breaststroke (33.29 and 1:14.41, respectively) and 200-yard individual medley (2:25.59). Sophomore Nicole Olmstead (Southbury, Conn.) also won the three-meter diving for the Colonials with a score of 168.15.
Plymouth State travels to Connecticut this Saturday for a dual meet at Saint Joseph College at 1:00 p.m. WestConn returns home to host Hunter College Friday at 6:00 p.m.
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