PSU Women’s Swimming falls to Simmons

PSU Women’s Swimming falls to Simmons

Mazza, West, Schumaker win two events each for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Simmons College won nine of the 16 events Saturday and defeated Plymouth State University, 177-103, in a women's swimming and diving dual meet at the PSU Natatorium.

            Junior Alison Gauvin (Whitefield, Maine) placed first on the one and three-meter diving boards to lead Simmons. The Sharks improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 4-3.

            Freshmen Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) and sophomore Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) all registered a pair of first place finishes to lead Plymouth State.

            Mazza won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.39 and topped all swimmers with a mark of 1:05.17 in the 100-yard butterfly. West won the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 30 seconds flat and later hit the wall first in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 29.78. Schumaker swept the breaststroke events, winning the 50-yard race in 34.76, before taking the 100-yard circuit in 1:16.44. 

            Freshman Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) also scored with a first-place effort for the Panthers, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:12.45.

            Freshman Kerry Fleming (Northampton, Mass.) and sophomore Natalie Giraldi (Bedford, N.H.) each posted a first and second place showing for Simmons. Fleming won the 50-yard freestyle with a mark of 26.91, while Giraldi hit the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:52.47. Both swimmers were a part of the team's winning 200-yard medley relay squad. Fleming led off the race, followed by Giraldi, sophomore Michaela Morris (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior anchor Miriam Swisher (Albuquerque, N.M.), who hit the wall for the quartet at 1:58.02.

            Swisher later won the only event she entered for Simmons, clocking in at 2:16.76 in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing just over a second off the school-record pace. Freshman Laura Simpson (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and junior Julie Nguyen (Salem, Mass.) each captured first place finishes for the Sharks; Simpson won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08 flat, while Nguyen cruised to a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle with a mark of 12:17.90.

            Plymouth State hosts the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) next Saturday in the final home meet of the season at 1:00 p.m. The Sharks return to action Sunday when they head to Standish, Maine to swim against Saint Joseph's College at 1:00 p.m.

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