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February 13, 2013

Plymouth State to host NEISDA Diving Championships

Top men's/women's divers to compete for New England crowns

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Natatorium will be the site of this weekend's springboard diving championships as part of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships held last weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Jct., Vt.

            There will be 11 women representing seven schools and seven men representing five schools competing for this weekend's one- and three-meter diving titles.  The competition will take place at the pool inside PSU's Physical Education Center, with the one-meter event scheduled for Saturday (preliminary rounds at 11:00 a.m., finals at 5:00 p.m.) and the three-meter event slated for Sunday (preliminary rounds at 10:30 a.m., finals at 4:30 p.m.)

            The results of the diving will be added to the team scores from last weekend's swimming competition.  Keene State College leads the 21-team women's field and the 11-team men's field, with Eastern Connecticut State University runner-up in the women's standings and Roger Williams University in second in the men's.  PSU is in 14th place with 246.5 points, behind Gordon College (308) and just ahead of Elms College (239).

            The meet will feature several All-New England divers from last year's championships, two from the women's side and four from the men's.  Westfield State University sophomore Katie Sterpka was third on one-meter and fourth on three-meter in the 2012 women's events, and Roger Williams University senior Laura Folsom was fifth on three-meter and sixth on one-meter.  Keene State College junior Josh Tuller is the top returning men's diver after placing third on three-meter and fifth on one-meter.  Roger Williams junior Adam Stanley and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Conor Szarek were in the 5-6 places on the high board and the 6-7 spots on the low board, and Colby-Sawyer College junior Eric Foulds was eighth on one-meter.

            Plymouth State will be represented by junior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.)

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