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February 16, 2014

PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving places 13th at New Englands

Rogers, Foley, Carberry post strong finishes for Panthers

            SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team moved up one more spot on the final day of competition Sunday and finished in 13th place out of 20 schools at the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, held this year at the University of Rhode Island.

            Senior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) led the Panthers with a career-best seventh-place finish in the one-meter diving, scoring 305.90 points. Rogers was also eighth in the three-meter diving earlier in the championships.

            Senior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) posted solid finishes in swimming events to score points for the Panthers. Foley finished 10th in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle, completing the 66 lengths of the pool in 19 minutes, 32.54 seconds, more than 19 seconds faster than her career-best time. She also scored points in the meet in the 500- and 1000-yard free. Carberry brought home 11th place Sunday in the 50-yard backstroke after posting a personal-best time of 29.89 seconds in the preliminaries. Carberry was also a point-scorer in the championships in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

            Other strong swims for PSU were posted Sunday by sophomore Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.) and freshmen Jessie Blake (Portland, Maine) and Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.).  Merkle and Blake were 20th and 23rd, respectively, in the 100-yard free, each setting personal best times in both the prelims and finals; Merkle swam a 59.10 in the morning and 59.02 in the evening and Blake went 1:00.44 in the early session and 1:00.34 in the evening. Wyman swam her best times and placed 21st in two different events, the 200-yard breaststroke (2:52.24) and 1,650 free (20:38.60).

            Plymouth State's 400-yard free relay contingent of Blake, Merkle, Foley and Carberry finished up the evening with a 10th place finish, moving up two spots after the prelims with a time of 3:57.42.

            Keene State College captured the team championship with 1664.5 points, with runner-up Roger Williams University scoring 1130. PSU finished in 13th place with 312 points, just one point back of Regis College (313) and 28 points ahead of Western Connecticut State University (284).

            The Panthers are led by 23rd-year head coach Al Switzer

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