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Westfield State edges PSU in women’s swimming/diving

Panthers win 10 events but lose on depth

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University captured 10 of the 16 events Saturday afternoon, but Westfield State University used superior depth to defeat the Panthers, 152-146, in the first home women’s swimming and diving meet of the season at the PSU Natatorium.

            The Panthers captured both relay races and eight individual events, while the Owls were winners in four swimming races and both diving events.  Westfield avenges the loss to the Panthers last season, which snapped Plymouth State’s 16-year losing streak to the Owls.  Westfield goes into the holiday break with a 3-2 overall record, while PSU is now 2-1.

            Juniors Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) and Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) were the standouts for PSU, each capturing two individual events and teaming up on both winning relay teams.  Brodeur won the 50-yard butterfly (29.11 seconds) and 100-yard fly (1:04.56) while Gondek swept the 50-yard backstroke (31.09 seconds) and 100-yard backstroke (1:05.34).  They teamed up with senior Lindsay Graham (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) to capture the first race, the 200-yard medley relay, and Brodeur and Gondek were joined by junior Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H.) and freshman Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) to take the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay.

            Foley and sophomore Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) also captured two individual events for the Panthers, Foley finishing first in the 200-yard free (2:08.83) and 500-yard free (5:41.44) and Samaro touching first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.23) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.00).

            The Owls got a pair of individual victories from juniors Jenna Tasse (Sturbridge, Mass.) and Kim Schmidt (Longmeadow, Mass.).  Tasse won the two sprint events, the 50-yard free (26.39) and 100-yard free (58.26), while Schmidt swept the two diving events, scoring 240.05 points on one-meter and 241.40 on three-meter.  Junior Kate Werner (Lowell, Mass.) won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:42.75 but was out-touched in the 500 free, and junior Amy Wasylik (Springfield, Mass.) placed first in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.06).

            Both teams are now idle for final exams and the holiday break.  The Panthers are back in the pool on Thursday, Jan. 6, with a dual meet at Bentley, while the Owls return to action at Bridgewater State on Saturday, Jan. 22. 

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