Seniors lead Panthers on Senior Day
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth captured 11 of the 16 events Saturday afternoon, defeating Plymouth State University, 144-114, in a women's swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium.
|PSU seniors Samaro and Mulhern|
The Corsairs had four swimmers who won two individual events apiece. Senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, Mass.) captured the 50-yard freestyle (27.69 seconds) and the 500-yard free (5:34.53); senior Meredith Maki (Holden, Mass.) took the 200-yard free (2:06.94) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.53); freshman Caroline Corcoran (West Boylston, Mass.) touched the wall first in the 100-yard free (59.68) and 1,000-yard free (11:35.11); and junior Katelyn Kidney (Lynn, Mass.) was first in the 50-yard butterfly (29.92) and the 100-yard fly (1:05.48).
Senior Maggie Conlon (Methuen, Mass.) also captured the 50-yard breaststroke for the Corsairs (35.81 seconds). UMD swept the relay races, with Maki, Corcoran, Kidney and Cooper teaming up to win the 200-yard medley relay (2:02.84) and Corcoran, Maki, Conlon and Cooper finishing first in the 400-yard free relay (3:58.49).
Plymouth State got victories from both of its seniors on Senior Day. Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.27) in an exciting finish, out-touching Conlon by two one-hundredths of a second. Samaro also captured the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.48, and classmate Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) took first place in the 50-yard backstroke (32.62).
PSU junior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) captured the two diving events, scoring 185.30 to win on one-meter and totaling 180.05 to take the three-meter scoring.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season on Sunday (Jan. 27) with a dual meet at Simmons College, while UMD competes in its final dual meet next Saturday (Feb. 2) at Colby-Sawyer College. The New England Championships for swimming are Feb. 8-10 at White River Jct., Vt., and for diving on Feb. 16-18 at Plymouth State.
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