PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving in 13th at New Englands
Brodeur sets butterfly mark; team sets medley relay record
WHITE RIVER JCT, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 13th place out of 22 teams thru Friday's first day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships being held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
Bentley University (555 points) is leading Keene State College (476.5) for first place in the event, while PSU is 13th with 137 points. The Panthers have a comfortable lead over 14th-place Western New England College (85) but trail 12th-place Saint Michael's College (154) by 17 points.
Junior Nicole Brodeur recorded the top performance for the Panthers, capturing sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly and breaking her own school record twice in the process. She broke her own school standard of one minute, 2.08 seconds, set at last year's championship meet, with a 1:01.21 clocking in Friday preliminaries, and came back in Friday night's finals with an even-better 1:00.82 to take sixth place.
The Panthers have usually done well in relay events at the championships, and Friday continued that trend as PSU placed eighth in the 400-yard medley relay in record time and 13th in the 200-yard free relay. The team of junior Brittney Gondek, sophomore Jennifer Samaro, Brodeur and freshman Delia Foley set a school standard in the 400 medley relay preliminaries with a time of 4:17.06, breaking the previous mark of 4:18.45 at last year's championships, and finished eighth with a finals time of 4:19.39. The unit of senior Lindsay Graham, sophomore Amy Mulhern, Samaro, and freshman Jackie Viotto was 13th in the sprint free relay, touching the wall in 1:50.08.
PSU had two swimmers who placed 13th in their individual event. Samaro was 13th in the 200-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:23.59, and Gondek finished 13th in the 200-yard backstroke, posting personal best times in both the prelims (2:18.78) and finals (2:16.66). Mulhern was also 19th in the 200 back, recording a personal-best 2:21.12 in the prelims and finishing in 2:21.61 in the finals, and Foley scored 18th-place points in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 5:40.45.
Also competing for PSU was junior Brittany Shortell, who placed 28th in the 200 backstroke (season-best time of 2:26.65).
The championships continue Saturday and Sunday with prelims in the morning and afternoon and championship finals in the evening.
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