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January 22, 2011

PSU Women swim to victory over Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Panthers win 13 of 16 events, led by Brodeur

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University won 13 of the 16 events Saturday afternoon en route to a 145-135 victory over Saint Joseph College (Conn.) in a women’s swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            Junior Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) won three individual events and swam on a winning relay team to lead the Panthers.  She captured the 50-yard butterfly in 29.21 seconds, the 100-yard fly in 1:03.90, and the 100-yard free in 58.33 seconds.  Brodeur was also the lead swimmer on the winning 400-yard free relay team.

            Three other Panther swimmers were double-winners.  Junior Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) took the 50-yard backstroke in 30.88 second and the 100-yard back in a season-best 1:04.40; sophomore Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) was the fastest in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 34.82 seconds and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.96; and freshman Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) brought home the win in the 200-yard freestyle (2:09.70) and 500-yard freestyle (5:50.45).

            Gondek and Samaro teamed up with senior Lindsay Graham (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) to win the 200-yard medley realy, and Brodeur, Foley, junior Brittany Shortell (Ansonia, Conn.) and Gondek finished off the team victory with the winning performance in the 400-yard free relay.

            Plymouth State also finished on top in both diving events, as freshman Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) scored 115.65 in the one-meter event and a season-best 173.70 on the three-meter board.

            The Blue Jays had three individual winners in the meet -- senior Sarah Wheeler (Winchendon, Mass.), sophomore Suki Hood (North Haven, Conn.) and freshman Shannon Dunn (Litchfield, Conn.).    Wheeler won the 200 IM and had two second-place finishes; Hood won the 1,000 free and Dunn the 50 free.

            The Panthers, 4-4, will have their final home meet of the season next Saturday, Jan. 29, hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 1:00 p.m.

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