Mazza leads Panthers with wins in four races
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team split a tri-meet at Western New England University Saturday afternoon, defeating the host Golden Bears, 175-69, but falling to Eastern Connecticut State University, 129-120.
The Panthers won both relay races and three individual events in the meet, while Eastern Connecticut took first place in the other nine individual races.
Freshman Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) was the top performer for PSU with two individual first-place finishes and swimming on two winning relay teams. She was the winner of the 50-yard butterfly in 29.03 seconds and took first in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:30.47.
Freshman Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) was also an individual winner for PSU, taking the 50-yard breaststroke in 34.49 seconds. She finished in second place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:47.05.
Mazza and West teamed with freshmen Erin Burgos (Plaistow, N.H.) and Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) to capture the first meet of the day, the 200-yard medley relay, while it was Burgos, West, freshman Maddy O'Dea (Natick, Mass.) and DeGrazia, who were the fastest team in the final race, the 200-yard free relay.
PSU had the second-place finisher in nine of the races. Junior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) was second in both the 500 free (6:08.63) and 1000 free (12:31.84); DeGrazia was runner-up in the 200 free (in a season-best 2:10.77) and the 100 free (1:00.96); Burgos was second in the 50 backstroke (31.77) and 200 back (2:27.73); sophomore Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.) took second in the 50-yard free (28.10 seconds); and sophomore Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:32.27.
After a break for Thanksgiving, PSU will be back in the pool on Friday, Dec. 4, for a dual meet at Rhode Island College (7:00 p.m.)
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