DeGrazia leads Panthers to win over Anchorwomen
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Plymouth State University won 11 of 14 events Friday evening and went on to defeat Rhode Island College, 128-89, in a collegiate women's swim meet on the campus of Bryant University.
The Panthers were paced by freshman Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.), who won three individual events on the evening and swam on a winning relay team. Classmate Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) also captured two individual races for the Panthers and swam on a winning relay team.
DeGrazia placed first in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:08.45, the 50-yard free in 28.51 seconds, and the 50-yard butterfly in 31.87 seconds, all season-best times. Mazza was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard free in 59.56 seconds and the 200 I.M. in 2:25.93, both the season's fastest times for any Panther swimmer.
DeGrazia also swam the anchor leg on the winning 200-yard free relay squad, following freshmen Erin Burgos (Plaistow, N.H.) and Ashleigh Miller (Sanford, Maine) and junior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) Mazza swam the butterfly leg of the 200-yard medley relay team, which included Burgos, sophomore Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) and Miller.
In addition to her two relay victories, Burgos brought home first place in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:30.39 and took second in the 200-free (2:15.62). Schumaker was the first to touch the wall in the 200-yard breaststroke (season-best 2:47.80) and was second behind Mazza in the 200 I.M. (2:33.79); and Wyman won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:06.10 and finished second in the 1,000 free (12:30.62).
Sophomore Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.) was also a winner for PSU, taking the 50-yard backstroke in 34.09 seconds. Junior Meaghan Doherty (Charlestown, Mass.) finished runner-up in two races, the 100-yard butterfly (1:19.11) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:54.56).
Junior Abbie Leazes (Providence, R.I.) led the Anchorwomen, finishing first in the 1000-yard freestyle (12:18.21). Sophomore Sydney Curran (North Kingstown, R.I.) won the 50-yard breast (33.36), and freshman Kellie Gilluly (Bradford, R.I.) was the fastest in the 100-yard butterfly (1:15.81)
PSU, 4-1, has one more meet before the break for final exams and the holidays, next Saturday at Westfield State University. RIC, 0-4, is done competing until January.
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