PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving places fifth at Little East meet

PSU Women’s Swimming/Diving places fifth at Little East meet

Carberry, Schumaker post top swims for Panthers

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team finished in fifth place out of seven schools Saturday at the annual Little East Conference Championship meet, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

            Senior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) posted the top individual finish for PSU, placing fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:23.93. Carberry was also 12th in the 100-yard back in 1:07.44, and swam a leg on both PSU relay teams, the 200-medley relay team that placed sixth and the 400 free relay unit that finished fifth.

            Freshman Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) had a strong meet for the Panthers, finishing in the top seven in two events.  She placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.13, and came back with a sixth place in the 200-yard breast in 2:48.49.  Schumaker also joined Carberry and Megan Farmer (Plainville, Conn.) as swimmers on both PSU relay teams.

            Sophomore Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) led the Panthers in the distance freestyle events, placing eighth in the 1,000-yard free (12:28.09) and 10th in the 500 free (6:05.41). Sophomore Meaghan Doherty (Charlestown, Mass.) contributed to the team with an eighth-place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:53.21) and a 10th place in the 100 breast (1:21.22). Freshman Alex Ambrosino (Holden, Mass.) brought home an eighth place in the 100-yard breast with a time of 1:18.87, and took 12th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:10.71.

            Other strong performances by PSU swimmers included Farmer, who was 10th in the 50 free (27.14); senior Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Kayli Miles (Strafford, N.H.), who were 11th and 13th in the 200 back (2:32.41 and 2:39.05, respectively); and junior Kelly Merkle (Salem, N.H.), who was 12th in the 200 free (2:22.54).

            Keene State College captured its ninth straight title, scoring 668.5 points in the team scoring. Runner-up Eastern Connecticut State University posted 328.5 points, while host UMD was third with 207.  Westfield State (132) was fourth, followed by PSU (93), Rhode Island College (89) and Western Connecticut State University (76).

            PSU has one remaining meet this semester, and home meet next Saturday, Dec. 13, against Westfield State University at the PSU Natatorium (1:00 p.m.) 

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