Panthers defeat Chargers and Elms College; freshmen continue to impress
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team swept a tri-meet at Colby-Sawyer College Saturday afternoon, defeating the host Chargers, 129-113, and Elms College, 175-73, in the first scoring meets of the season.
The Panthers and Chargers each won seven of the 15 events in the meet, and Elms had the fastest swimmer in one race.
The Panthers got top performances from freshmen Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine), who captured two individual events each. Mazza took first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.48 and the 50 fly in 28.74 seconds, while West won the 50-yard breaststroke in 35 second s flat and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:47.73.
Junior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) and freshman Erin Burgos (Plaistow, N.H.) also won individual events for PSU, Wyman winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in 12:23.33 and Burgos touching the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:31.79.
PSU's top swimmers also teamed up to place first in the meet's opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, with Burgos, West, Mazza and freshman Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) finishing the race in 2:01.51.
Plymouth State also had some solid second-place finishes. DeGrazia was runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.97; sophomore Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.) took second in the 50-yard free (28.03 seconds); freshman Maddy O'Dea (Natick, Mass.) was second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:28.83); and Burgos was runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:55.01.
The Panthers will have one more meet before the Thanksgiving break, traveling to Springfield, Mass., next Saturday for a tri-meet at Western New England University with Eastern Connecticut State University.
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