Univ. of St. Joseph slips past PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving

Univ. of St. Joseph slips past PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving

Allaire sets school record as Wadlinger, Schumaker honored on Senior Day

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) set a new school record in the 3-meter dive and seniors Emily Wadlinger (Lebanon, N.H.) and Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) were recognized on Senior Day, but the University of St. Joseph snuck past the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team by a narrow 134-128 score in a dual meet at the PSU Natatorium on Friday afternoon.

            Wadlinger and Schumaker were honored by head coach Al Switzer for their significant contributions to the program in a short ceremony prior to the meet's start.

            Allaire continued her mastery on the board easily taking first place in both diving events. Her score of 258.65 in the 3-meter dive set a school record, surpassing the previous mark of 248.80 set in 2001 by Becky Huntington by nearly 10 points. She added a score of 229.40 in the 1-meter dive to remain unbeaten on the season.

            Freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) won all three of her events, with Wadlinger posting a pair of first place finishes as well. Sophomore Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) added a first and two seconds, with Schumaker taking second twice. In addition, Plymouth State won both relay events.

            Turell smoked the competition in her three events. Her time of 26.84 in the 50-yard freestyle was nearly 2.5 seconds better than the next fastest swimmer, and she touched the wall more than six seconds ahead of her competitors in both the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.05) and 50-yard butterfly (28.85).

Wadlinger (L) and Schumaker (R) with Coach Switzer   

            Wadlinger cruised to victory in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:09.07 before claiming the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 1:07.83, nearly nine-and-a-half seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

            Gresham sailed past the field in the 100-yard butterfly by a similar margin, posting a time of 1:09.68. She set a personal season record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:22.72 to take second, and wrapped up the day with a second place finish in the 200-yard IM in 2:40.99.

            In her final home race, Schumaker earned second place finishes in the 50-yard breaststroke (36.59) and 500-yard freestyle (6:30.30).

            Wadlinger, Schumaker, Gresham and Allaire combined to earn the first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet. The quartet finished in 2:09.69, finishing just shy of 30 seconds ahead of the USJ team. Wadlinger, Schumaker, Allaire and Turell joined up to take the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:53.39.

            The Panthers compete at UMass Dartmouth next Saturday (Jan. 20) at 1:00 p.m.



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