Wadlinger wins three individual events in final tune up before Little East Championships
DANBURY, Conn. – Senior Emily Wadlinger (Lebanon, N.H.) won all three of her individual events as the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team held off Western Connecticut State University, 136-130, in a dual meet at the O'Neill Center Pool on Sunday.
With the win the Panthers improve to 2-7 on the year, while Western Connecticut falls to 3-6.
Freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.), sophomores Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and senior Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) each earned a pair of individual wins as Plymouth State won its final meet leading up to the Little East Conference Championships next week.
Wadlinger was first to touch the wall in the 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, and set the pace in the opening leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay. She had a comfortable win in the 50-yard backstroke in a time of 31.01, then put together season-best times in the 50-yard freestyle (26.19) and 100-yard backstroke (1:06.29), shaving more than a full second off her previous best.
Turell continued an impressive rookie campaign by setting a personal record in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing first with a time of 58.43. She added a first place finish in the 50-yard butterfly (28.86), winning by almost three seconds, and was the second fastest in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:11.84.
Schumaker set a pair of season personal bests in her two wins. She shaved more than four seconds off her previous best to win the 100-yard IM in 1:08.06 and also took first in the 50-yard breaststroke with a season best time of 36.15. Schumaker added a third place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.
Allaire continued her remarkable season with wins in both diving events. She scored 222.35 points on the 1-meter board, and accumulated 229.30 points on the way to winning the 3-meter dive to remain undefeated on the board this season.
Gresham took first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:11.49) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:24.05), then earned a second place finish behind Turell in the 50-yard butterfly (31.75).
The Panthers opened the day with a dominating win in the 200-yard medley relay, topping the Colonials by nearly 12 seconds, but Western Connecticut returned the favor with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay by seven seconds.
Next up for Plymouth State is the Little East Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, on Saturday (Feb. 3).
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