Simmons edges PSU in Women’s Swimming/Diving

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.

            Plymouth State also began the meet by honoring its five seniors – Bradley, Brodeur, Gruner, Brittney Gondek and captain Brittany Shortell.

            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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