Allaire continues strong performance; qualifies first in 3-meter dive
SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – Freshman Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) continued her strong showing for the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team at day two of the annual New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the University of Rhode Island, qualifying with the top score after the preliminary round of the 3-meter dive.
Allaire posted a score of 344.50, nearly 115 points higher than her seed score of 229.60, to earn the top spot heading into Sunday's final.
The Panthers dropped one spot to 20th place after day two of competition. Roger Williams University (1,009 points) built its lead over Simmons College (836), and Keene State College (745) has a firm grasp on third place. PSU sits just three points back of Elms College (75) with one more day of competition to go.
Tootell Aquatic Center, University of Rhode Island, South Kingston, R.I. – Sat., Feb. 18, 2017
Team Standings (through Day 2): Roger Williams (1,009), Simmons (836), Keene State (745), Brandeis (535), Univ. of New England (400.5), Regis (373), Eastern Connecticut State (372.5), Westfield State (348.5), Gordon (322), UMass Dartmouth (314), Colby-Sawyer (287), Norwich (259.5), Bridgewater State (227), Western New England (191.5), Husson (139), Univ. of St. Joseph (98), Western Connecticut State (97.5), St. Joseph's of Maine (94), Elms (75), Plymouth State (72), Rhode Island (58).
* Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) set a new personal-best in the preliminary round of the 50-yard butterfly. The junior touched the wall in 30.97 seconds, topping her previous best of 31.29, while finishing 32nd.
* Classmate Alexandra Ambrosino (Holden, Mass.) finished just behind Schumaker in 36th place with a time of 31.57.
* The Panther 200-yard medley relay team of Schumaker, Ambrosino, sophomore Julia Mazza (Belchertown, Mass.) and senior Katia Wyman (Portsmouth, N.H.) shaved nearly 20 full seconds off their seed time to finish in 2:07.14 in 20th place. The time was roughly 3.5 seconds off the qualifying pace.
* Mazza also placed 26th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle, posting a time of 2:15.85.
* Ambrosino was the 30th fastest swimmer in the preliminary round of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.80.
* The championships conclude Sunday with the finals of the 3-meter dive, as well as the preliminary and final rounds for seven more swimming events.
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