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December 7, 2013

PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving seventh at LEC Championships

Rogers finishes runner-up in 3-meter diving to lead Panthers 

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team finished in seventh place Saturday at the annual Little East Conference Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            Senior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) was the top placer for Plymouth State, finishing runner-up in the three-meter diving event with a career-best score of 184.30 points.  Rogers was also sixth in the one-meter diving with a score of 171.35 points.

            Senior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) led the Panther swimmers.  She placed sixth in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle in 20 minutes, 22.20 seconds, and she took 11th in the 500 free in 5:51.81.  Freshman Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) also had a strong swim in the 1,650, finishing the race in 21 minutes, 5.16 seconds to place eighth.

            Ten was PSU's lucky number as a Panther swimmer placed 10th in six different events. Junior transfer Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) finished 10th among 32 swimmers in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 1:06.49, and also 10th in the 200 back in 2:25.56; fellow junior transfer Erin Campbell (Marshfield, Mass.) was 10th in both the 100-yard breaststroke (season-best time of 1:12.84) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:43.89); sophomore Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.) placed 10th among 32 swimmers in the 100-yard freestyle (season-best 1:01.42); and freshman Jessie Blake (Portland, Maine) was 10th in the 100-yard butterfly (1:09.07). Blake was also 11th in the 200-yard free in 2:13.67.

            Plymouth State's top relay teams took fifth in both relay races.  The 200-medley relay squad of Carberry, Campbell, Blake and Merkle was fifth in 2:00.81, and the 400-free relay unit of Merkle, Foley, Carberry, and Blake was fifth in 4:07.17.

            Keene State College captured the team championship, scoring an LEC record 668 points. Eastern Connecticut State University took second with 304 points, followed by host UMass Dartmouth (151), Westfield State University (128), Bridgewater State University (127), Western Connecticut State University (106), Plymouth State (98) and Rhode Island College (32).

            PSU wraps up competition for the semester next Saturday, Dec. 14, with a dual meet at Westfield State. 

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