Multiple swimmers set personal records for Panthers
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team finished sixth out of seven teams Saturday at the Little East Conference Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the Tripp Athletic Center Pool.
Keene State College captured the team title for the eleventh straight year scoring 557 team points. Eastern Connecticut State University placed second with 288 points, while host UMass Dartmouth was third with 240. Westfield State (195), Western Connecticut State (123), Plymouth State (76) and Rhode Island College (58) rounded out the competition.
Freshman Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) put forth a strong effort on the diving board for the Panthers. The rookie finished second in the 3-meter dive with 206.10 points after a third place finish in the 1-meter dive with a score of 217.00.
Tripp Athletic Center Pool, Dartmouth, Mass. – Sat., Feb. 4, 2017
Keene State (557), Eastern Connecticut (288), UMass Dartmouth (240), Westfield State (195), Western Connecticut (123), Plymouth State (76), Rhode Island (58).
* Junior Alexandra Ambrosino (Holden, Mass.) posted a tenth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:11.76. She also touched the wall in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:17.16 to place 11th.
* Sophomore Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) had a good day in the pool for PSU. She posted the top time for the Panthers in each of her three individual events, including a personal best of 2:14.50 in the 200-yard freestyle – good enough for a ninth place finish.
* Mazza also placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:09.70, in addition to a 12th place finish in the 100-yard freestyle after a time of 1:01.75.
* Sophomore Melissa Page (Atkinson, N.H.) set a pair of personal records in her two individual events. She swam the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:10.76, before shaving a full second off her previous best in the 200-yard backstroke (2:35.04).
* Senior Kelsey Cronan (Framingham, Mass.) added two top-15 finishes after posting times of 13:19.09 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 6:32.56 in the 500-yard freestyle.
* Freshman Olivia Jean (Dracut, Mass.) set personal bests in the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle. Her time of 2:28.90 in the 200 was nearly seven full seconds faster than her previous best. She also shaved almost a full second off her 50 time, touching the wall in 29.68.
* Sophomores Mary Simari (Salem, N.H.) and Samantha Labens (Berlin, N.H.) also set personal records on the day. Simari's time of 2:46.22 in the 200-yard backstroke topped her previous mark by just shy of two seconds, while Labens shaved an incredible 17.36 seconds off her best time in the 500-yard freestyle to finish in 8:18.73.
* Classmate Stephanie LaBeck (Oakville, Conn.) set a season-best in the 500-yard freestyle, while also swimming the 50- and 1,000-yard freestyles.
* Also swimming for the Panthers were junior Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.), who finished 15th in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard backstroke, and senior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.), who placed 16th in the 50-yard freestyle and 18th in the 100-yard freestyle.
* The Panthers wrap up the season at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the University of Rhode Island from February 17-19.
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