PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving edges WCSU

Gruner, Bradley post top swims for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut State University each won eight events Tuesday in a women's swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium but the host Panthers had more depth and pulled out a 130-112 victory over the Colonials.

            Senior Lara Gruner and Brittanie Bradley led the Panther effort with two individual victories apiece.  Gruner placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 12:16.74 and the 50-yard free in 28.16 seconds while Bradley swept the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke in 36.42 and 1:20.84, respectively.  Gruner also took second place in the 500 free (6:03.26).

            Three other Panthers captured individual events.  Sophomore Delia Foley was the fastest in the 500 free (5:50.85); junior Amy Mulhern touched the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:29.00); and sophomore Shannon Rogers was the high-point scorer in the one-meter diving (164.95).

            Sophomores Kathie Meerman and Danielle Laprine paced the Colonials with three individual victories apiece.  Meerman was the winner of the 200 free (2:08.01), the 100 butterfly (1:02.85) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.32) while Laprine was the fastest in the 50 back (31.72), the 50 fly (29.14), and the 100 free (58.11).  Junior Nicole Olmstead also took first place in the three-meter diving (162.15).

            The two teams split the two relay races, with the 200 medley relay going to Western, and the home team took the 400 free relay .

            The Panthers, 3-5, are back in the pool Saturday with a dual meet at the College of Saint Joseph (Conn.), while the Colonials, 1-4, compete Friday at Hunter College in New York City. 

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