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

Foley, Samaro lead Panthers on final day of swimming

            WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team remained in 14th place after Sunday's third day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving (NEISDA) Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

            Sunday's events wrapped up the swimming portion of the championships.  Team scores will be finalized after next weekend's (Feb. 16-17) NEISDA Diving Championships, which will be held at Plymouth State at the PSU Natatorium.

            Keene State College leads the 21-team women's field with 1593 points, and Eastern Connecticut State University is runner-up with 1136.5.  PSU has 246.5 points, behind Gordon College (308) and just ahead of Elms College (239).

            Junior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) posted the top finish for Plymouth State in Sunday's races.  She finished the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in 11th place, completing the 66 laps of the pool in a career-best time of 19 minutes, 51.54 seconds. Foley dropped 45 seconds off her previous best time in the event.  She was also 14th in the 1,000 free and 18th in the 500 free earlier in the championships.

            Senior Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) was PSU's other top finisher in Sunday's individual events, placing 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke.  She posted a season-best 2:42.65 in the preliminaries to qualify 14th, and came back with a 2:42.65 in the finals.  Samaro was also 12th in the 200 individual medley and 11th in the 400 I.M. earlier in the championships.

            Also representing the Panthers in individual events Sunday were freshman Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H./Salem), who was 26th in the 100-yard free (1:00.26), and sophomore Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass./Bostin Latin), who was 35th in the 50 back (32.77 seconds).

            The Panthers wound up 11th in the final relay event on Sunday.  The team of Merkle, Foley, senior captain Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) and Samaro qualified 11th in the prelims with a time of 3:58.73, and came back in the finals with a time of 3:55.62. 

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