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Simmons sinks PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving

Panthers drop final dual meet of season to Sharks 

            BOSTON, Mass. – Simmons College captured nine of the 16 events Saturday afternoon en route to a 166-120 victory over Plymouth State University in the final women’s swimming and diving dual meet of the season for both schools.

            Freshman Jen Collins (Trumbull, Conn.) led the way for the Sharks, winning the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and swimming on both winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard free relay teams.  Senior Amanda Dirksmeier (Marshfield, Mass.) also contributed a pair of individual victories in the team triumph, capturing the one-meter and three-meter diving events.

            Junior Brittney Gondek (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H.) were double winners for Plymouth State, Gondek taking the 50-yard backstroke in 30.85 seconds and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:20.07 and Samaro touching first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:41.77) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.96).

            Also winning events for the Panthers were sophomore Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.698 seconds); junior Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) in the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.88); and freshman Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) in the 1000-yard free (11:48.49).

            Both schools will be competing in the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) championship on Feb. 18-20 at White River Jct., Vt.  PSU wrapped up the dual meet season with a 4-6 record, while the Sharks finished up with a 5-5 mark. 

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