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January 15, 2011

PSU Women’s Swimmers defeat Bridgewater State

Brodeur and Samaro lead Panthers past Bears

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) and sophomore Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H.) each captured three individual events and swam on a winning relay team Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Bridgewater State University, 145-122, in a women’s swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            Brodeur took first place in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 59.42 seconds, while also finishing on top in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events in 1:05.48 and 2:30.25, respectively.  Samaro touched the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke (1:15.78 and 2:42.63, respectively) as well as the 200-yard individual medley (2:26.44). 

            Freshman Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) was a double-winner for the home team, taking first in the 50-yard freestyle (28.3 seconds) and 200-yard freestyle (2:13.28).  PSU also won both relay races, with junior Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.), Samaro, senior Lindsey Graham (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) swimming the fastest in the 200-yard medley relay (2:03.10), and Brodeur, Foley, junior Brittany Shortell (Ansonia, Conn.) and Gondek cruising to a victory in the 400-yard free relay (4:06.37).

            The visiting Bears were led by sophomore Loren Phinney (Holbrook, Mass.), who was a winner in three individual events.  She touched the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke (1:04.99 and 2:21.81) as well as the 500-yard freestyle (5:43.23).  Classmate Bridget Hasson (Milton, Mass.) also finished first for the Bears in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:16.37).

            The two teams split the diving events, with PSU freshman Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) winning the one-meter (167.90) and BSU freshman Samantha Capone (Dracut, Mass.) taking the three-meter (153.10).

            PSU, 3-3 overall, is on the road Wednesday with a dual meet at Western Connecticut State University, while BSU, 1-9, hosts Westfield State University next Saturday. 

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