Panthers in 14th place after Day One; Wyman posts top finish
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 14th place after Friday's first day of competition at the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, held for the second straight year at the University of Rhode Island.
Sophomore Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) posted the top finish in individual events for the Panther swimmers, placing 10th in the 200-yard individual medley. She qualified 10th in the preliminaries with a personal-best time of 2:26.06, lowering her previous best by more than five seconds (2:31.55), and finished 11th in the finals in an even-better 2:25.89. Freshman Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) was 15th in the morning prelims with a personal-best time of 2:28.45 but did not swim in the finals.
Senior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) scored points for PSU in the 200-yard backstroke with a 13th place. She swam a career-best 2:17.74 in the morning prelims (bettering the mark of 2:18.12 at last year's New Englands), and placed 13th with a 2:19.53. Seniors Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass.) and Jess Bierschied (Portsmouth, N.H.) also posted their best times in the 200 back, with Doherty finishing in 22nd in 2:28.94 and Bierschied 27th in 2:33.58.
Freshman Megan Farmer (Plainville, Conn.) had a successful day for PSU in the 50-yard freestyle. She swam a season-best 25.61 seconds in the prelims to qualify 14th, and finished with a 26.11 to place 16th in the finals.
Plymouth State also scored points in the meet with a 13th place in the 400-yard free relay and a
14th place in the 200-yard free relay. PSU's medley relay team of Nora Doherty, Schumaker, Carberry and Farmer qualified 12th with a time of 4:26.03 before finishing 13th in 4:28.98; and the contingent of Farmer, freshman Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.), Schumaker and Carberry qualified 14th in the 200 free relay in 1:47.77 and finished 14th in 1:48.48.
Keene State leads the 20-team standings with 580.5 points, with runner-up Roger Williams University scoring 519.5. PSU is in 14th place with 108 points, seven points back of Western New England University (115) and comfortably ahead of Rhode Island College (78).
The championships continue Saturday and Sunday with preliminaries beginning in the morning and finals in the evening.
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