Panthers competing at New England Championships
WHITE RIVER JCT., Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 13th place through Friday among the 22 schools competing at the New England Division II/III Intercollegiate Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
The Panthers have scored 95.5 points through the first day of the three-day meet, trailing 12th-place Elms College by 24.5 points and leading 14th-place Bridgewater State University by 3.5. Bentley University leads the field with 557 points, with Keene State College second with 511 and Assumption College third with 382.
The top performance for the Panthers was turned in by senior Nicole Brodeur, who qualified for the finals in an individual event for the 10th time in her career. She finished 11th in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly among the 41 entries with a season-best time of 1:01.78, and came back strong in the 'B' finals with a 1:02.10 to wind up in a tie for ninth place in the event.
Senior Brittney Gondek and junior Amy Mulhern were the top Panther finishers in the 200-yard backstroke. Mulhern was 19th and Gondek 20th among the 39 swimmers in the preliminary heats in the morning, Mulhern posting a career-best time of 2:20.89 and Gondek less than a second behind with a season-best 2:21.86. They were reversed in the finals as Gondek was 19th with a 2:20.72 and Mulhern was 20th with a 2:21.31.
PSU's other finalists on Friday were sophomore Delia Foley and senior Lara Gruner in the 500-yard free. Foley was 22nd in the preliminary heat with a season-best time of 5:41.93 and moved up to 21st in the finals, lowering her time slightly to 5:41.87; Gruner went a career-fastest 5:42.64 in the prelims to place 23rd, and maintained that spot in the finals with a 5:43.70.
The Panthers' 400-yard medley relay team placed 11th in both the prelims and finals, with the team of Mulhern, senior Brittanie Bradley, Brodeur and Gondek finishing in 4:27.03 in the morning and the group of Gondek, Mulhern, Brodeur and Foley bringing home the finals in 4:23.04.
PSU's 200-yard free relay team of Gruner, Foley, Mulhern and Gondek was 12th in the prelims (1:47.23) and 13th in the finals (1:47.44).
The championships continue Saturday and Sunday with preliminary heats in the morning and afternoon and finals in the evenings.
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