Panthers hold steady on Day Two; Farmer, Carberry post top finishes
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team remains in 14th place after Saturday's second 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.
Freshman Megan Farmer (Plainville, Conn.) and senior Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) were PSU's top finishers in Saturday's individual events. Farmer swam a career-fastest time of 28.62 seconds in the 50-yard butterfly to qualify for the finals, where she swam a 28.96 to place 15th. Carberry posted a season-best time of 1:04.14 in the 100-yard backstroke in the preliminaries, and came back with a 1:05.69 in the finals to place 16th.
Sophomore Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) swam a career-best time of 11:59.18 in the 1,000 yard freestyle, qualifying 19th. Also competing for the Panthers were senior Nora Doherty (Dorchester, Mass.) in the 100-yard backstroke, and freshman Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) and sophomore Meaghan Doherty (Charlestown, Mass.) in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Plymouth State added points in the team scoring with a pair of 14th-place finishes in the day's two relay races. The 200-yard medley relay team of Carberry, Schumaker, Farmer and freshman Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.) qualified 12th with a time of 2:02.22 before finishing 14th in 2:01.33 in the finals; and the contingent of Wyman, seniors Lauren D'Iorio (Kennebunk, Maine) and Jess Bierschied (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Meghan Doherty placed 14th in the 800 free relay in 9:10.08.
Keene State leads the 20-team standings with 1146.5 points, with runner-up Roger Williams University scoring 998.5 and third-place Simmons College with 725. PSU is in 14th place with 189 points, more than 50 points back of Westfield State University (243.5) and comfortably ahead of Saint Joseph's College of Maine (135).
The championships conclude Sunday with preliminaries beginning in the morning and finals in the evening.
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