Panthers in 14th place after Day Two; Mazza posts top finish
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team is in 14th place after Saturday's second 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.
PSU's three freshmen standouts had another strong day. Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) both qualified for the 'B' Finals in the 50-yard butterfly; Mazza qualified ninth with a time of 28.59 seconds and tied for 13th in the finals with a mark of 29.11, while West qualified 16th with a personal-best time of 29.31 seconds, and lowered the mark to 29.16 seconds to finish 16th in the finals. Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) was a 'B' finalist in the 200-yard free, qualifying 15th in a personal-best 2:07.43 and finishing 16th with a PR of 2:07.07.
The Panthers scored points in the meet with a 14th place in the 200-yard medley relay. PSU's line-up West, Schumaker, Doherty and DeGrazia qualified 10th with a 2:01.29 in the preliminaries, and finished 14th in the finals with a 2:04.08.
Roger Williams University leads the 21-team standings with an even 1000 points, with runner-up Keene State College scoring 918. PSU is in 14th place with 153.5 points, 12 points back of Bridgewater State University (106) and a larger lead over Husson University (130).
The championships conclude Sunday with preliminaries beginning in the morning and finals in the evening.
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