Allaire, Wadlinger lead Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) earned a pair of wins on the diving board and senior Emily Wadlinger (Lebanon, N.H.) posted three second place finishes, but the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team fell to Simmons College, 213-72, at the PSU Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.
Allaire continued her season-long mastery of the board on her way to comfortable wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Allaire posted a score of 220.15 to win the 1-meter dive by over 25 points, then recorded a 210.80 in the 3-meter competition to win by over 28 points. Allaire has placed first in every diving event she's competed in this season.
Wadlinger took second in the 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. She posted a time of 31.92 in the backstroke, finishing just under 1.5 seconds behind the winner, then swam a 27.00 50-yard freestyle. Her time of 59.90 in the 100-yard freestyle was 1.62 seconds off the leader.
Sophomore Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) took second in the 100-yard butterfly finishing in 1:09.93, while freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) earned third place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (2:16.00) and 500-yard freestyle (6:33.17).
Junior Stephanie LaBeck (Oakville, Conn.) posted a season-best time of 14:56.27 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Simmons, which won its 14th consecutive GNAC Championship in December, won 12 of the 16 events and sophomore Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) set a new pool record in the 1,000 yard freestyle. Scholand's time of 10:53.79 was more than 7.5 seconds faster than the previous mark of 11:01.44, set in 2007.
PSU hosts its final home dual meet of the year next Friday (Jan. 12) against the University of St. Joseph's. The first event is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
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