Allaire sets school record in 1-meter prelims; Turrell, Wadlinger make finals of 50-free
KINGSTON, R.I. – Sophomore Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) continued a spectacular season setting a new school record in the preliminaries of 1-meter diving and senior Emily Wadlinger (Lebanon, N.H.) and freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) qualified for the finals of the 50-yard freestyle as the Plymouth State University women's swimming & diving team competed at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Tootell Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island on Friday night.
Allaire finished first in the 1-meter diving preliminary round with a score of 378.45. She topped her own record of 372.50, set during the finals of last year's NEISDA Championship. She will compete in the finals on Saturday afternoon.
Turell finished in eighth place during the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries to reach the A final with a personal record time of 25.49. Wadlinger finished 12th during the preliminaries to reach the B final, also putting forth a season-best effort, finishing in 25.87. Turell was a touch slower in the finals, touching the wall in 25.93 to place eighth. Wadlinger finished 14th overall after posting a 25.91 in the B final.
The Panthers' 400-yard medley relay team of Wadlinger, senior Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.), sophomore Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and Turell earned an 11 th place finish with a time of 4:35.23, finishing ahead of the team's preliminary time of 4:35.90.
The foursome also teamed up for the 200-yard freestyle relay for a 15th place finish. The quartet qualified with a 1:49.69, before posting a 1:50.13 in the final.
Gresham also swam the 100-yard butterfly, finishing 32nd in the preliminaries in 1:09.56, while Schumaker finished 32nd during the prelims of the 50-yard breaststroke in 36.24.
After the first day of competition, Plymouth State sits in 16 th place with 91 total points. Roger Williams University (580), Simmons College (561) and Keene State College (460) make up the top three.
The championships continue all day Saturday with additional preliminary rounds in the morning, the 1-meter finals in the afternoon and other final heats in the evening.
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