Panthers holding own at New England Championships
WHITE RIVER JCT., Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 15th place among 22 teams through Saturday at the New England Division II/III Intercollegiate Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
The Panthers have scored 183.5 points through the first two days of the three-day meet, trailing 14th-place Simmons College by 30.5 points and leading 16th-place Saint Joseph's College (Maine) by 52.5. Bentley University leads the field with 1054 points, with Keene State College second with 974 and Assumption College third with 797.
Senior Nicole Brodeur turned in another strong performance to lead the Panthers, qualifying for the finals in an individual event for the 11th time in her career. She finished ninth among the 46 entries in the preliminaries of the 50-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 27.96 seconds, and came back strong in the 'B' finals with a 27.61 to wind up in 10th place in the event.
Seniors Brittney Gondek and Lara Gruner and junior Amy Mulhern were also finalists in individual events for the Panthers. Gondek touched the wall in 20th place among 45 swimmers in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke, finishing with a season-best time of 1:04.98, and came back to finish 18th in the finals with a 1:04.94; Gruner was a 19th-place finisher in the 1,000 yard freestyle in a season-best 11:52.55; and Mulhern placed 19th in the 400-yard individual medley in a career-best 5:08.66.
The Panthers' 800-yard free relay team placed 13th, with the contingent of Gruner, sophomore Delia Foley, Brodeur and Mulhern finishing in 8:37.83; and the 200-yard medley relay squad consisting of Gondek, senior Brittanie Bradley, Brodeur and Gruner wound up 15th with a time of 2:00.87.
The championships continue Sunday with preliminaries heats in the morning and afternoon and finals in the evening.
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