Panthers in 16th place after Day One; Carberry posts top finish
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 16th place after Friday's first day of competition at the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, held this year at the University of Rhode Island.
The Panthers were led by senior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.), who earned All-New England honors for the second straight year in the three-meter diving. She recorded a point-total of 263.20 points, finishing eighth in the event.
Junior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) posted the top finish in individual events for the Panther swimmers, placing 11th in the 200-yard backstroke. She qualified 10th with a personal-best time of 2:18.12, and finished 11th in the finals in 2:18.37.
Sophomore Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.) and senior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) also scored points for PSU in individual events. Merkle placed 21st in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a season-best time of 27.03 seconds in the morning prelims and touching the wall in 27.33 seconds in the finals. Foley brought home 23rd place in the 500-yard free, finishing in 5:49.53 in the prelims and 5:49.36 in the finals.
PSU's 200-yard free relay team of freshman Jessica Blake (Portland, Maine), Merkle, junior Jess Bierschied (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Carberry took 14th place in one minute, 52.21 seconds, and the Panther 400-yard medley relay contingent of junior Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass.), freshman Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.), Merkle, and junior Lauren D' Iorio (Kennebunk, Maine) placed 15th in 4:47.58.
Keene State leads the 20-team standings with 621.5 points, with runner-up Roger Williams University scoring 443. PSU is in 16th place with 72 points, one point back of Elms College (73) and comfortably ahead of Western New England University (45) and Saint Joseph's College of Maine (45).
Saturday's evening's finals have been cancelled due to an impending snowstorm, so Friday's preliminaries will serve as timed-finals. The championships will conclude with preliminaries and finals on Sunday.
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