Allaire wins 1-meter diving; Turell, Wadlinger earn spots in finals
KINGSTON, R.I. – Sophomore Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) raised the bar once again, winning the 1-meter diving competition for the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Tootell Aquatic Center for the second straight year.
Allaire had set a school record to secure the top spot in the finals following Friday's preliminary round score of 378.45. She saved her best for the finals, though, eclipsing her own mark by over 15 points to defend her NEISDA title with a record 393.85, almost 30 points ahead of the runner-up.
Allaire's brilliant season will continue tomorrow with the preliminaries and finals of the 3-meter diving competition.
Freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) put together a nice race in the preliminaries of the 50-yard butterfly. The rookie posted a personal best time of 27.98 seconds to qualify for the B finals where she finished 14th overall with a time of 28.28.
Senior Emily Wadlinger (Lebanon, N.H.) was Plymouth State's only other individual swimmer to advance to the evening finals. Her time of 1:04.70, a season best by more than 1.5 seconds, left her in 13th place after the preliminary round. Wadlinger swam a 1:04.77 in the B finals to finish 15th.
PSU's 200-yard medley relay team of Wadlinger, senior Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.), sophomore Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and Turell also earned a spot in the evening B finals after finishing 15th in the preliminary round with a time of 2:04.43. The foursome finished 15th overall with a 2:05.72 in the finals.
Schumaker also swam in the morning preliminary round of the 100-yard breaststroke finishing 29th with a time of 1:18.90, just 0.13 seconds off her season-best time. Gresham set a season record in the preliminaries of the 50-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 30.76 seconds to finish 31st. Neither time was fast enough to reach the finals, however.
Plymouth State moved up three spots in the team standings and now sits in 13th place following Saturday's events. Roger Williams University leads the women's team rankings with 1,024 points, with Simmons College (964) and Keene State College (713) rounding out the top three. PSU's 172 points are 33 behind the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) for 12th place, and two better than Norwich University.
The championships conclude on Sunday. Seven more swimming events will hold preliminary races starting at 10:00 a.m. The 3-meter diving will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the last round of finals races are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
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