PSU Women’s Swimmers fall to Westfield State

PSU Women’s Swimmers fall to Westfield State

Mazza, DeGrazia lead Panthers with wins in setback

            WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State University won 12 of the 16 events Saturday afternoon and posted a 160-121 victory over Plymouth State University in a collegiate women's swim meet hosted by Westfield State.

            The Panthers were paced by freshmen Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.), who were winners of two events each. Mazza took first place in both of the butterfly events, finishing the 50-yard fly in 29.06 seconds and the 100-yard fly in 1:04.62. DeGrazia was the fastest swimmer in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 2:10.42, and finished runner-up in the 100-yard free in a season-best 1:00.84.

            DeGrazia also swam a leg on PSU's winning 400-yard free relay team, which included sophomore Julia Donahue (Hampstead, N.H.), DeGrazia, junior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) and freshman Ashleigh Miller (Sanford, Maine).

            Freshmen Erin Burgos (Plaistow, N.H.) and Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) combined for five second-place finishes. Burgos was runner-up in the 50-yard backstroke in 32.68 seconds, the 500-yard freestyle in 5:56.95, and the 200-yard IM (2:28.59), and West touched the wall second in the 50 free (27.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.86).

            The host Owls were led by Alex Frazier and Anna Boucher, who were each triple winners. Frazier won the 500 and 1000 free and the 200 IM and Boucher took the 50 free and the 50 and 100 backstroke. Tia Pariseau captured both breaststroke races and Monique Groux was the high-scorer in both diving events.

            PSU completes the semester with a 4-2 dual meet record. After a break for final exams and the holidays, the Panthers return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in the home opener at the PSU Natatorium against Simmons College (1:00 p.m.) 

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