Panther freshmen impress in collegiate debuts
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving season opened the 2015-16 season Saturday with some solid performances at the Louise Goodrum Invitational hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The meet is a non-scoring event that allows numerous student-athletes to compete in a different setting. This year's meet included seven teams – Plymouth State, Westfield State, Bridgewater State, UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island College, Eastern Connecticut State University and Merrimack College.
The Panthers got top performances from freshmen Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine). Mazza captured first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.42, second place in the 50-yard fly in 28.29 seconds, and fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.24. West placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.58, third in the 50-yard breaststroke in 35.19 seconds, and third in the 50-yard free in 26.84 seconds.
Freshman Maddy O'Dea (Natick, Mass.) and Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) represented PSU well in the 200-yard freestyle, placing third and fourth, respectively, in times of 2:14.71 and 2:14.97. O'Dea also took sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:22.60.
Other sixth-place finishes from the Panthers were earned by freshman Erin Burgos (Plaistow, N.H.) in three events, the 50-yard breaststroke (36.47 seconds), the 200-yard backstroke (2:27.46) and 100-yard individual medley (1:10.24); and junior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) in both the 1,650-yard free (20:49.52) and the 500 free (6:05.50).
PSU's top swim in the relay races was the 200 medley relay contingent of O'Dea, West, Mazza and sophomore Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.), who were fourth in a time of 2:03.88.
The Panthers will be back in the pool next Saturday with a tri-meet at Colby-Sawyer College with Elms College, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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