WHITE RIVER JCT., Vt. - The Plymouth State University women's swim team set two school records Friday and sits in 10th place after the first day of the New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
Sophomore Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) established a new PSU standard in the 100-yard butterfly, taking eighth place with a time of 1:02.08. She narrowly missed breaking Scarlette Scarborough's 2003 school mark of 1:02.69 in Friday morning's preliminaries with a 1:02.70, but Brodeur came back stronger in the evening finals with the record time.
Brodeur (right) also swam the butterfly leg on PSU's school-record setting 400-yard medley relay team, which also finished in eighth place with a record time of 4:18.45. Freshman Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) led off with the backstroke in the prelims while freshman Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) swam the backstroke leg in the finals. Sophomore Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine) followed in the breaststroke, Brodeur in the fly and senior Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.) bringing home the freestyle. This year's group broke the PSU mark of 4:19.00 that lasted 13 years, set in 1997 by Melissa Roy, Lisa Gordon, Kathleen Boyd and Meaghan Buckley.
PSU's 200-yard free relay squad posted the top Panther finish in the eight events on Friday, taking fifth place with a time of 1:44.51. That unit included Little, Brodeur, senior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and sophomore Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.), and finished only 0.61 seconds off the school mark.
Two other Panthers posted eighth-place finishes in individual events. Bradley placed ninth in the preliminaries of the 50-yard breaststroke (career-best time of 33.64 seconds) but came back with an eighth place in the finals (33.73), and Little was seventh in the prelims of the 50 free (career-best time of 25.70 seconds) and ended up eighth in the finals (26.06).
Also scoring points for PSU were freshman Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) with a 13th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (season-best times of 2:21.07 in the prelims and 2:18.04 in the finals); Gondek with a 16th-place in the 50 free (26.95 seconds); and sophomore Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H./Prospect Mountain) with a 17th place in the 500 free (career-best time of 5:43.86).
Keene State (337 points) leads the team scoring among the 22 schools, with Bentley (305) in second and Eastern Connecticut (226) third. PSU is in 10th place with 119 points, just behind Saint Michael's College (122) and ahead of Assumption College (115).
The championships continue Saturday and Sunday, with preliminary heats in the morning and afternoon and finals in the evening.
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