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PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving defeats Saint Joseph

Brodeur, Foley win twice each for Panthers

            WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Plymouth State University won eight of the 15 events Saturday afternoon and defeated Saint Joseph College (Conn.), 148-129, in a women's swimming and diving meet at the Bruyette Natatorium.

            Senior Nicole Brodeur and sophomore Delia Foley led the Panthers with two individual victories each while also swimming on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team.  Brodeur took first place in the 100-yard butterfly in a season-fastest time of 1:04.20, and won the 100-yard free in 59.29 seconds.  Foley was the fastest in the 200-yard free in 2:11.31 and the 500-yard free in a season-best 5:46.98.

            Senior Lara Gruner earned a first place for PSU in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing in 12:19.66, and junior Amy Mulhern was first to touch the wall in the 200-yard individual medley (2:29.86).  Sophomore Shannon Rogers won the one-meter diving events, scoring 113.85 points in the voluntary (5-dives) round and 163.20 in the optional (6-dives).

            Saint Joseph seniors Mary Provencher and Sarah Chepeleff each captured two events. Provencher won the 50 breaststroke (35.41) and the 100 breaststroke (1:17.55) and Chepeleff took the 50 free (27.15) and the 100 back (1:08.15).

            The Blue Jays' other individual winners were Shannon Dunn, who won the 50 backstroke and Jessica Gale, who won the 50 butterfly.

            The home team won the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Dunn, Provencher, Gale and Chepeleff, while Gruner, Foley, Brodeur and senior Brittney Gondek combined to give PSU the win in the 400-yard free relay.

            Saint Joseph has its final home meet of the season next Saturday, hosting Westfield State.  PSU is back in the water next Saturday for a dual meet at UMass Dartmouth.

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