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February 20, 2011

PSU Women place 12th at New Eng. Swimming Champ.

Gondek, Brodeur, Shortell with top Panther swims on final day

            WHITE RIVER JCT, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women’s team won points in five individual events and the final relay Sunday evening and wound up the three-day event in 12th place at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

            Bentley University (1467 points) won the team championship, well ahead of runner-up Keene State College (1142.5) and third-place Assumption College (926).  PSU was 12th with 380 points, 19 behind the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (399) and 6.5 ahead of Simmons College.

            Juniors Brittney Gondek, Nicole Brodeur and Brittany Shortell finished off their solid weekend with strong swims for the Panthers.  Gondek was the top PSU finisher Sunday, placing 10th in the 100-yard individual medley in a personal-best time of one minute, 6.33 seconds; Brodeur, who broke PSU school butterfly records on Friday and Saturday, capped her weekend with an 11th place in the 100-yard freestyle (56.50 seconds); and Shortell swam to a 12th-place in the grueling 1,650-yard free (19 minutes, 48,32 seconds).

            PSU had two point scorers in the 200-yard breaststroke -- sophomore Jennifer Samaro and senior Lindsay Graham, who placed 15th and 16th, respectively.

            Brodeur and Gondek were joined by sophomore Amy Mulhern and senior Lindsay Graham in the final event, the 400-yard free relay, and the Panthers came in 11th.

            The Panthers are led by 20th-year head coach Al Switzer

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