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PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving moves up at New Englands

Panthers now in 14th place; 800 Free Relay Team places 8th

            SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team moved up from 16th to 14th place after Saturday's second day of competition at the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, held this year at the University of Rhode Island.

            The top performance for the Panthers was turned in by the 800-yard freestyle relay team. The PSU contingent of freshman Jessie Blake (Portland, Maine), senior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) and juniors Lauren D'Iorio (Kennebunk, Maine) and Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) finished the race in eight minutes, 54.63 seconds to place eighth.

            The top individual finish for a PSU swimmer was achieved by Blake in the 50-yard butterfly; she finished 11th with a season-best time of 29.22 seconds.  Carberry, who was 11th in the 200-yard backstroke on Friday, placed 13th in the 100 back on Saturday with a season-best 1:04.03. Foley placed 14th in the grueling 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11 minutes, 52.54 seconds.

            PSU also scored points in the 200-yard medley relay as Carberry, freshman Meaghan Doherty (Charlestown, Mass.), Blake and Foley finished 14th with a time of 2:05.66.

            Keene State leads the 20-team standings with 1137.5 points, with runner-up Roger Williams University scoring 692. PSU is in 14th place with 185 points, 26 points back of Western Connecticut State University (211) and 22 ahead of Elms College (163).

            All of Saturday's events were times finals based on the morning swims. The evenings finals were cancelled due to a snowstorm.

            The championships will conclude with preliminaries and finals on Sunday. 

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