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PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving dunked by Simmons

PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving dunked by Simmons

Rogers, Foley lead Panthers on Senior Day

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Miriam Swisher (Albuquerque, N.M.) won two individual events and broke a 20-year-old pool record Saturday afternoon as Simmons College defeated Plymouth State University, 179-98, at the PSU Natatorium in the final women's swimming and diving dual meet of the season for both teams.

            Swisher won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.49 seconds, breaking the mark of 55.89 set in 1994 by Kriste Kleiner of Regis College. Swisher also took first place in the 50-yard backstroke in 30.18 seconds. She was one of three Sharks who were double-winners, as senior Amy Davis (Southbury, Conn.) captured the 200-yard free in 2:07.36 and the 50-yard butterfly in 29.98 seconds, and classmate Jen Collins (Trumbull, Conn.) touched the wall first in the 500-yard free (5:40.76) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:26.13).

            Other individual event winners for the Sharks included junior Chloe Davis (Merrimack, N.H.) in the 50-yard breaststroke (35.72 seconds); freshman Maggie Kirby (Arnold, Md.) in the 200-yard butterfly (2:29.68); freshman Shylee Stewart (Eastham, Mass.) in the 50 free (25.61 seconds); and freshman Jordan Mattheisen (Seattle, Wash.) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:49.89).

(From left, Foley, Viotto, Rogers, Switzer)

            The Panthers were led by seniors Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) and Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) Rogers finished first in both diving events, scoring 176.60 points on the one-meter board and 180.85 points on three-meter. Foley took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 11 minutes, 51.92 seconds, and finished second in the 500-free with a time of 5:50.39. Rogers, Foley and classmate Jackie Viotto (Morristown, N.J.) were recognized prior to the meet on Senior Day (pictured at left with head coach Al Switzer).

            Junior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) also had a strong meet for the Panthers, placing first in the 200-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 2:20.46, and taking second in the 200 free in 2:11.25.  Freshman Jessie Blake (Portland, Maine) posted her best time in the 50-yard fly (30.04 seconds) to finish in second place.

            PSU winds up the dual meet season with a 4-7 record while Simmons ends up at 10-2.  Both teams will be back in competition at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships on Feb. 14-16, held at the University of Rhode Island.

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