Freshmen lead Panthers to 14th place in team standings
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team finished in 14th place out of 21 schools after Sunday's third and final 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.
It was again the rookie class for the Panthers who led the way. Freshmen Julia West (Wiscasset, Maine) and Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) both qualified for the 'B' Finals, West in the 50-yard backstroke and Mazza in the 100-yard individual medley.
West swam her best time of the season in the 50 back with mark of 29.92 seconds to qualify ninth, and wound up 10th after hitting the wall at 30.47 seconds in the finals. West also placed ninth in the 50-yard free on Friday and 16th in the 50 fly on Saturday.
Mazza swam a season-best time of 1:08.11 in the 100 I.M. to qualify 14th, and dropped another six-tenths off her mark with a 1:07.49 to finish in the same spot in the finals. That time is the fastest for any Plymouth State swimmer since 2012.Mazza also placed 16th in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday and tied for 13th in the 50 fly on Saturday.
Sophomore Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) joined Mazza in the 100 I.M., placing 19th in 1:09.25.
Plymouth State was also represented in the 100-yard freestyle by freshman Deanne DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.), who placed 25th in 1:00.83; freshman Julianna McGuire (Waterbury, Conn.), who was 25th in the grueling 1,650 in 22:08.75; and junior Meaghan Doherty (Charleston, Mass.), who finished 28th in the 200 breaststroke in a season-best 2:52.61.
PSU's 400-yard free relay team of West, Schumaker, DeGrazia and McGuire finished 17th in 4:15.70.
Roger Williams University captured the title in the 21-team women's standings with 1453 points, with runner-up Keene State College scoring 1386. PSU wound up in 14th place with 207.5 points, 25 points back of Bridgewater State University (232.5) and well ahead of 15th-place Rhode Island College (172).
Plymouth State finished the dual meet season with a 7-3 record under veteran coach Al Switzer, the team's best record since 2009-10.
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