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Plymouth State Women swim past Sharks in final dual meet

(Meet Results

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Sophomore Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) and freshman Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) won three individual events apiece Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team wrapped up a successful dual meet season with a 151-142 victory over Simmons College on Senior Day at the PSU Natatorium.

            Plymouth State and Simmons won eight events apiece, but the Panthers used stronger depth to pull out the team vcitory.  PSU completes the dual meets with a 7-2 record, which represents the most wins in a season since the 1998-99 Panthers ended up 7-3.  Plymouth State has won 12 of its last 14 dual meets dating back to last season.  Simmons completes its regular season at 4-5.

            Brodeur won all three of her events in the freestyle, taking the 100-yard race in 58.41 seconds, the 200 in 2:05.48 and the 500 in 5:42.47.  Samaro captured a variety of events, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle (11 minutes, 57.38 seconds); the 200-yard backstroke (2:23.56) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:28.17).  Brodeur led the team this season with 18 individual victories in dual meets, and Samaro was second with 13 top finishes.

            Senior Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.) also won for PSU, taking the 50-yard backstroke in 30.77 seconds, and sophomore Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine) touched the wall first in the 50-yard breaststroke (35.12 seconds).

            Freshman Alyssa Musket (Lincoln, R.I.) led the Sharks with a pair of individual victories; taking the 50-yard free (25.59 seconds) and 50-yard fly (28.06).  Senior Brittany Torelli (Waterbury, Conn.) was the fastest swimmer in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:42.51); freshman Molly Bohannon (Westbrook, Conn.) took the 200-yard fly (2:30.50); and freshmen Kaira King (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Curry Girr (South Portland, Maine) were the top scorers in the one- and three-meter diving, respectively.

            The Sharks also captured both relay races, with freshmen Anastasia Lyapina (Stoughton, Mass.), Elizabeth Zamagni (Chelmsford, Mass.), Bohannon and Isabel Stearns (Manomet, Mass.) teaming up to win the 200-yard medley relay, and Lyapina, junior Chennelle Jackson (Dorchester, Mass.), Musket and Torelli out-touching Plymouth State in the 200-yard free relay.

            The New England Diving Championships are set for next Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., and PSU will send one diver to the competition.  The New England Swimming Championships are the following weekend, Feb. 19-21, at White River Junction, Vt., and PSU will send a full contingent of swimmers. 

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