Allaire wins 1-meter dive with new school record
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – Freshman Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) posted a new school record for the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team to win the 1-meter diving title during day one of competition at the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the University of Rhode Island.
Allaire continued a strong rookie campaign on the board by posting a score of 372.50 during the finals to earn the New England title, eclipsing the previous school record of 345.10 set at the NEISDA Championships in 2006 by former diver Danielle DeStefano. Allaire actually surpassed the previous school mark earlier in the day when she posted a score of 352.60 in the preliminary round, qualifying her for the finals in second place. Westfield State sophomore Monique Groux (Agawam, Mass.) secured the top spot heading into the final with a preliminary score of 363.30, but Allaire earned the title when Groux scored 359.10 in the finals.
The Panthers currently sit in 19th place with 62 team points. Roger Williams University leads after day one with a score of 606, with Simmons College (526) and Keene State College (488) rounding out the top three. PSU trails Western Connecticut by just 4.5 points with events to continue Saturday and Sunday.
Tootell Aquatic Center, University of Rhode Island, South Kingston, R.I. – Fri., Feb. 17, 2017
Team Standings (through Day 1): Roger Williams (606), Simmons (526), Keene State (488), Brandeis (355), Univ. of New England (247), Westfield State (237), Regis (231), Eastern Connecticut State (217.5), UMass Dartmouth (206), Norwich (182.5), Gordon (169), Colby-Sawyer (167), Bridgewater State (161), Western New England (134.5), Husson (86), St. Joseph's of Maine (79), Univ. of St. Joseph (69), Western Connecticut State (66.5), Plymouth State (62), Elms (45), Rhode Island (22).
* Two Panther relay teams posted 18th place finishes in their preliminary swims, just missing qualifying times for the finals.
* The team of juniors Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.), Alexandra Ambrosino (Holden, Mass.), sophomore Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and senior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) posted a time of 4:40.53 in the 400-yard medley relay, beating their seed time of 4:45.98 by more than five seconds and finishing just one second behind the Norwich team that earned the last spot in the finals.
* Schumaker, Ambrosino, Mazza and freshman Olivia Jean (Dracut, Mass.) joined forces for the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 1:52.00, less than two seconds behind the Elms relay squad for the last finals spot.
* Ambrosino and Schumaker finished 23rd and 31st after the preliminary round of the 50-yard breaststroke. Ambrosino recorded a time of 35.20 seconds with Schumaker touched the wall in 35.89.
* Ambrosino's time was 00.26 shy of her season mark of 34.94, while Shumaker was 00.43 off her season-best time of 35.46.
* The championships will continue throughout the weekend with preliminaries in the mornings and finals each evening.
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