WHITE RIVER JCT., Vt. - The Plymouth State University women's swim team set its third school record in a little over 24 hours Saturday evening and is tied for 11th place after day two of the New England Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
Senior Caitlin Little (Scituate, Mass.) broke her own PSU mark in the 50-yard butterfly, actually doing it twice en route to a seventh-place finish. She qualified seventh in the preliminaries with a time of 28.44 seconds, bettering the PSU standard of 28.47 she set in 2007. Little (right) came back in the finals to take seventh place again, lowering her record performance with a clocking of 28.01 seconds. Little was also part of PSU's 400-yard medley relay team that set a school record on Friday evening.
Sophomore Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H./Vermont Academy) joined Little with a seventh-place finish in an individual event Saturday evening, doing so in the 200-yard freestyle. She swam a season-best time of 2:02.69 in the prelims and came back with a career-best 2:01.53 in the finals to capture seventh place. Brodeur had set school records in the 100 butterfly and 400 medley relay in Friday night's events.
PSU continued to get strong performances from its relay teams. The 200 medley relay unit of senior Chaz Sweeney (Methuen, Mass.), sophomore Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine), Little and senior Elise Innis (Harpswell, Maine/Mt. Ararat) finished in 10th place with a time of 1:57.98, just 0.76 seconds off the school mark, and the 800 free relay squad of sophomore Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H./Prospect Mountain), Brodeur, freshman Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) and sophomore Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) came in ninth place in the final event of the evening.
Also scoring points for PSU were Bradley with a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (posting a season-best time of 1:14.22 in the prelims); Samaro with a 14th place in the 400 individual medley (season-best time of 5:05.38); Gruner with a 15th place in the grueling 1000-yard free (career-best time of 11:50.88); and junior Lindsay Graham (Framingham, Mass.) with a 17th place in the 100 breast (career-best time of 1:17.01 in the prelims).
Keene State (666 points) continues to lead the team scoring among the 22 schools, with Bentley (642) in second and Eastern Connecticut (487) third. PSU is tied with UMass Dartmouth for 11th place with 217 points, just behind the University of New England (225) and well ahead of Elms College (174).
The championships conclude Sunday, with preliminary heats in the morning and afternoon and finals in the evening.
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