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Keene State splashes PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving

Owls overpower Panthers in Little East dual

            KEENE, N.H. – Nationally-ranked Keene State College swept all 14 swimming races and both diving events Wednesday afternoon to defeat Plymouth State University, 149-92, in a women's swimming and diving dual meet at the Spaulding Gym Pool.

            Keene State, ranked 15th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, improves its dual meet mark to 5-1 while the Panthers fall to 0-4.

            PSU head coach Al Switzer was pleased with the Panther times, given that the team has been training heavily since returning from the Christmas break.

            Juniors Nicole Rutigliano (Woodbury, Conn.) and Alexis Houser (New Hope, Pa.), and sophomore Julie Trodden (Reading, Mass.) each won two individual events for the Owls. Rutigliano finished first in the 50-yard back (30.61) and the 100 back (1:04.70), Houser prevailed in the 50 fly (28.83) and the 200 free (2:05.25) and Trodden was the first to the wall in the 100 free (57.99) and the 1,000 free (11:11.64).

            Other winners for the Owls included sophomore Diana Pimer (West Haven, Conn.) in the 50 breast (33.49), sophomore Caitlyn Shea (Salem, N.H.) in the 100 fly (1:03.54), freshman Alison Bartlett (Stratham, N.H.) in the 50 free (25.97) freshman Corrina Nickerson (Torrington, Conn.) in the 100 breast (1:11.41) sophomore Lindsay Day (Chelmsford, Mass.) in the 100 I.M. (1:07.42) and  junior Stephanie Murray (Haverhill, Mass.) in the 500 free (5:25.89).

            Freshman Kelly Gilmore (Dedham, Mass.) had a good day on the board, winning the one-meter (185.15 points) and three-meter (206.64 points) diving competition. 

            Senior Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H.) posted the top finish by PSU in swimming events, placing third (1:10.71) in the 100 fly.  Junior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) placed third in one meter (131.60 points) and three-meter (133.60 points) diving.

            Both teams return to the pool on Saturday for I p.m. meets.  The Owls travel to Eastern Connecticut State University while Plymouth State returns home to host Bridgewater State University and Rhode Island College. 

(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information) 

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