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January 19, 2013

PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving edges Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Samaro, Rogers win two events each for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team defeated the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) Saturday afternoon in a dual meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            Both teams won eight events apiece in the meet, with each school taking seven individual events and one relay.  PSU improves to 2-5 on the season while USJ drops to 1-5.

            Senior Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) and junior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) led the Panthers with two individual events each.  Samaro captured the 200-yard freestyle in 2:13.66, and she won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.26.  Rogers posted the winning score in both diving events, scoring 170.80 points on the one-meter board and 183.75 on three-meter.

            Other winners for the home team included sophomore Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass.) in the 50-yard backstroke (33.08 seconds); junior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) in the 500-yard freestyle (5:59.04); and senior Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) in the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.24).  PSU also won the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Doherty, Samaro, Mulhern and freshman Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.)

            The visiting Blue Jays got outstanding performances from senior Suki Hood (North Haven, Conn.) and junior Jessica Gale (East Hartford, Conn.), who captured three individual events apiece.  Hood touched the wall first in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:50.08), the 50-yard freestyle (27.75) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:29.17) while Gale was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.07), the 100-yard free (1:01.98) and the 50-yard fly (29.62).

            Sophomore Amanda Willhoft (Manchester, Conn.) also took the 50-yard breaststroke (37.19) for the Blue Jays.  Gale, Willhoft and Hood were joined by junior Adrianna Chorzepa (Newington, Conn.) in winning the 200-yard free relay.

            Plymouth State is back in the pool on Monday, Jan. 21, with a dual meet at Western Connecticut State University.  Saint Joseph returns home to host Simmons College on Wednesday. 

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