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Solid finishes for PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving at Goodrum Inv.

Panthers open season in non-scoring meet at UMD

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving season opened Saturday with some solid performances at the Louise Goodrum Invitational hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            The meet, formerly the UMass Dartmouth Invitational, is a non-scoring event that allows numerous student-athletes to compete in a different setting. This year's meet included six teams – Plymouth State, Westfield State, Bridgewater State, UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island College and Saint Joseph (Conn.)

            Senior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) posted the top finish for PSU, placing second among 18 swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:00.86. She also took third in the grueling mixed 1,650 freestyle race in a time of 20:26.34. She got strong support in the distance events from freshman Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.), who placed fifth in the 1,650 (20:58.86), sixth in the 500 (6:05.60), seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:35.95), and sixth in the 50 breaststroke (37.41).

            Senior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) turned in a pair of top places in the diving events, finishing in third place on both boards.  She posted a score of 169.10 to place third on one-meter and a score of 155.95 to wind up third on three-meter.

            Freshman Jessie Blake (Portland, Maine) had some strong times for the Panthers, taking fourth place in the 200-yard I.M. (2:32.32), fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:09.42) and seventh in the 50 fly (30.62 seconds). Freshman Meaghan Doherty (Charlestown, Mass.) was PSU's top entry in the breaststroke events, placing fifth in the 50-yard race (36.47) and sixth in the 100 (1:21.40), while junior Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass.) was the fastest in the backstroke races, taking sixth in the 100 back (1:11.33) and and seventh in the 200 (2:35.83).

            Sophomore Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.) finished in the top eight in the three sprint events, the 50 free (28.60), 100 free (1:03.07) and 200 free (2:18.11).

            Both PSU's top relay teams finished in fourth place.  Nora Doherty, Meaghan Doherty, Blake and sophomore Kimberly Bain (Spofford, N.H.) took fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (2:07.00) and Merkle, Foley, Blake and Wyman touched the wall fourth in the 200 free relay (1:55.28).

            The Panthers will be back in the pool next Saturday with a tri-meet at Colby-Sawyer College along with Elms College (1:00 p.m.)

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