Gruner, Mulhern are double-winners for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University won nine of the 16 events but Simmons College had superior depth Saturday afternoon and the Sharks defeated the Panthers, 148.5-131.5, in a women's swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.
It was a close meet the entire way, and PSU pulled ahead by two points, 123.5-121.5, with two events remaining. The Sharks captured the final two races to pull out the meet, wrapping up their regular season at 8-4, while PSU finishes the dual meet season with a 4-7 mark.
|PSU Seniors (from left) Gondek, Bradley, Gruner,|
|Shortell, and Brodeur|
Senior Lara Gruner and junior Amy Mulhern paced the Panthers with two individual wins apiece. Gruner captured the 1,000-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 12:08.49, and came back to win the 50-yard free in 28.09 seconds. Mulhern posted a career-best time of 31.21 seconds to capture the 50-yard backstroke and followed with a season-best 2:21.22 to take the 200-yard backstroke.
Other winners for PSU included senior Brittanie Bradley in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.46 seconds); sophomore Delia Foley in the 500 free (season-best time of 5:44.88); and senior Nicole Brodeur in the 50-yard butterfly (28.80 seconds).
Sophomore Jen Collins was the top swimmer in the meet for Simmons, winning three individual events and swimming the anchor leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. Collins captured the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.22; the 100-yard free in 56.15 seconds, and the 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.32. She was joined by freshmen Chloe Davis and Hillary Wong and sophomore Amy Davis on the meet-clinching 400-yard free relay team (3:54.73).
Also winning swimming events for the Sharks were junior Molly Bohannon in the 200-yard butterfly (2:23.91) and junior Liz Zamagni in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:51.02).
The two teams split the diving events, with sophomore Lea Monahan taking the one-meter event by 0.05 of a point, and sophomore Shannon Rogers winning on the three-meter board.
Both teams have completed the dual meet schedule in preparation for the New England Championships. The Diviing New Englands are at UMass Dartmouth next weekend, Feb. 10-11, and the Swimming New Englands are in White River Jct., Vt., on Feb. 17-19.
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