Panthers in 13th place after Day One; West posts top finish
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 13th place after Friday's first day of competition at the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, held for the third straight year at the University of Rhode Island.
Freshman Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) posted the top finish in individual events for the Panther swimmers, placing ninth in the 50-yard freestyle. She qualified ninth in the preliminaries with a personal-best time of 25.71, lowering her previous best by nearly a second (26.52), and finished ninth in the finals in 26.17 seconds.
Two other Panther freshmen qualified for the 'B' Finals and placed 16th to earn valuable team points. Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) swam a personal-best 5:44.05 in the 500-yard freestyle, dropping more than six and a half seconds off her previous-best (5:50.57), and came in 16th in 5:45.34. Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) qualified 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.15, and went on to finish 16th in 1:06.88. Both DeGrazia's and Mazza's times were the fastest for any PSU swimmer in the past three years.
The Panthers scored points in the meet with a 14th place in the 200-yard free relay and a 15th place in the 400-yard medley relay. PSU's sprint free relay team of Mazza, Schumaker, West and DeGrazia qualified 12th with a 1:47.64 in the preliminaries, four seconds faster than their seed time, and finished 14th in the finals with a 1:50.58. The line-up of West, Schumaker, Mazza, and DeGrazia qualified 12th in the 500 medley relay in a time of 4:33.65 and ended up 15th in the finals in 4:46.81.
Roger Williams University leads the 21-team standings with 551 points, with runner-up Keene State College scoring 531. PSU is in 13th place with 92 points, 14 points back of Western New England University (106) and a little larger lead over Bridgewater State University (66.5).
The championships continue Saturday and Sunday with preliminaries beginning in the morning and finals in the evening.
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