Brodeur, Samaro lead Panther swimmers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women’s swimming and diving team placed sixth out of seven schools Saturday at the annual Little East Conference Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Plymouth State finished sixth with 141.5 points. Keene State College captured its fifth consecutive and eighth overall LEC Championship with 449 points, while Eastern Connecticut State University was runner-up for the third straight year with a program-record 338 points. Western Connecticut (236) and host UMass Dartmouth (201) took third and fourth place, respectively, with Westfield State University (174.5) in fifth, PSU in sixth, and Bridgewater State University (67) rounding out the team scoring.
Junior Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) was the top Panther swimmer, placing in the top eight in three individual events. She took fifth place in the 100-yard butterfly in one minute, 6.10 seconds, the top place for any PSU swimmer in an individual event. Brodeur also placed seventh in the 100 freestyle (58.09 seconds) and eighth in the 200 free (2:08.19).
Sophomore Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) had some solid swims for the Panthers, finishing in the top eight in two events. She placed sixth in the 400-yard individual medley (5:15.17) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.47).
Freshman Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Brittany Shortell (Ansonia, Conn.) were top finishers for PSU in distance freestyle events. Foley placed seventh in both the 500 (5:52.15) and 1000 freestyle (12:11.75), while Shortell was eighth in the 1000 (12:15.37) and ninth in the 500 (5:57.56).
Other top-eight finishers for PSU included junior Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.), sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:06.07); freshman Jackie Viotto (Morristown, N.J.), seventh in the 200 butterfly (2:43.40); and senior Lindsey Graham (Framingham, Mass.), eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:49.96).
Plymouth State also ended the meet on a strong note, finishing in third place in the 400-yard free relay with the team of Brodeur, Foley, junior Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H.), and Gondek.
PSU, 2-0 in dual meets, will wrap up the semester next Saturday with the first home meet of the season against Westfield State (1:00 p.m.)
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