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PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving up to 14th at NEISDA Meet

Samaro, Mulhern, Foley record top places for Panthers

            WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team moved up one spot to 14th place after Saturday's second day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving (NEISDA) Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

            Saturday's events included timed-finals only as the morning preliminaries were cancelled due to the snow storm hitting New England.

            Keene State College leads the 21-team women's field with 1125 points, and Eastern Connecticut State University is runner-up with 783.5.  PSU has 187.5 points, behind Westfield State University (248) and just ahead of Elms College (169).

            For the second day in a row, senior Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) posted the top finish for the Panthers.  She captured 11th place in the 400-yard individual medley with a season-best time of 5:05.59 after finishing 12th in the 200 I.M. on Friday.  Senior captain Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) also reached a season-best time and was not far behind in the 400 I.M., finishing 13th in a time of 5:09.50. Mulhern also scored points for the Panthers with a 21st-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (season-best 1:06.93).

            Junior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) contributed to the PSU scoring with a 14th-place in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing the 40 laps of the pool in a career-fastest 11 minutes, 44.68 seconds.  Foley was 18th in the 500 free on Friday.

            Also representing the Panthers in individual events Saturday were freshman Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H./Salem), who was 26th in the 50-yard butterfly (30.37 seconds), and sophomore Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass./Bostin Latin), who was 33rd in the 100 back (1:09.44).

            The Panthers held their own in both relay events on Saturday.  The team of Doherty, Samaro, Mulhern and Foley placed 14th in the 200 medley relay in 2:02.18, and the contingent of Foley, Mulhern, senior Jackie Viotto (Morristown, N.J.), and Doherty finished 13th in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:56.35.

            The three-day meet continues on Sunday with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the evening. The NEISDA Diving Championships will be held on Feb. 16-17 at Plymouth State. 

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