Panthers get wins from Farmer, Carberry, Merkle and Wyman
BIDDEFORD, Maine – Freshman Kayla Burgess captured three individual events to lead the University of New England women's swimming team to a 160-101 victory over Plymouth State University on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center.
Plymouth State (0-2) had four wins on the day, from freshman Megan Farmer (Plainville, Conn.), who won the 50 freestyle in 28.05 seconds; senior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.), who swam a 2:26.75 to win the 200 backstroke; junior Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.), who finished the 200 freestyle in 2:18.44; and sophomore Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.), who recorded a 6:04.07 in the 500 freestyle. Farmer's race was the closest of the meet, as she narrowly out-stretched UNE sophomore Eleni Bautz (28.10) for the victory.
Burgess touched the wall first for UNE in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.44), 100 freestyle (59.88), and 200 individual medley (2:30.77). In the freestyle, she edged Farmer of PSU by just less than a second; in the IM, Burgess was 0.48 ahead of classmate Jordan Earley.
The Nor'easters (4-1) got two individual wins in support from junior Rachael Romain, who clocked a 1:16.51 in the 100 breaststroke to best Panthers sophomore Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) by 0.88 seconds. Romain also took the 200 breaststroke (2:39.15).
UNE also received first-place points from senior Kelly Dolyak in the 1000 freestyle (11:46.30), sophomore Lindsey Thomsen in the 100 backstroke (1:05.42), and senior Emily Zeimetz in the 50 butterfly (28.78).
The Panthers get back to action in two weeks (Dec. 6) at the Little East Championships. Big Blue is off until January 16 when it hosts Saint Joseph's College (Maine).
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