Allaire champ on 3-meter board; Turell, Gresham post top times for Panthers
KINGSTON, R.I. – Another day, another title for Plymouth State University sophomore diver Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) as the Panthers' swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Tootell Aquatic Center on Sunday.
Allaire, who has dominated on the board all season long, put forth another impressive effort on her way to setting yet another school record while defending her New England title in 3-meter diving, sweeping the diving events at the NEISDA Championships for the second straight year while earning Female Diver of the Meet honors.
Her preliminary score of 384.80 topped the previous school mark of 381.30 set by Danielle DeStefano in the 2006-07 season. Her closest competition was 47 points behind. In the finals Allaire scored a 369.95, winning the title by over 30 points.
Her remarkable season comes to an end after accruing New England titles at both heights (1-meter and 3-meter), a Little East Conference (LEC) title at 3-meters, an LEC runner up at 1-meter, school records at both heights in both six dives and eleven dives, six LEC Diver of the Week awards and a pair of NEISDA Diver of the Week honors, while winning every diving event she entered during the regular season.
Sophomore Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) demolished her personal best time in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly. Gresham qualified 12th with a personal best time of 2:32.73, then swam a 2:29.94 in the finals to finish 12th overall, more than seven seconds faster than her previous best.
Freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) also posted a personal record on her way to the finals of the 100-yard individual medley. Her time of 1:06.65 in the preliminaries was nearly one-and-a-half seconds faster than her previous best. She finished 16th in the finals, touching the wall in 1:07.20.
Senior Emily Wadlinger (Lebanon, N.H.) narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals in the 100-yard freestyle. Her time of 57.59 was 2.31 seconds faster than her previous season best and just 0.23 seconds off her career best time. She finished 19th in the preliminary round, just 0.30 seconds shy of the last spot in the finals.
Also competing in the final day was the Panthers' 400-yard freestyle relay team. Wadlinger, Turell, senior Addie Schumaker (Haymarket, Va.) and Gresham combined to swim a 4:04.45 in the preliminaries to qualify 15th. Wadlinger posted a season best 58.48 split, with Gresham also touching the wall in a season best time in her leg.
PSU shuffled its lineup for the finals as Wadlinger was unavailable due to injury. Freshman Sylvie Donnell (Warren, N.H.) filled in admirably in the anchor spot, topping her career best split by more than three seconds. Turell moved into the lead leg and kicked off the race with a personal best split of her own.
Plymouth State finished 15th out of 20 teams with 258 points, just three behind Norwich University. Simmons College won the team title with 1,504 points, with Roger Williams University (1,465) and Keene State College (1,083.5) rounding out the top three.
The end of the season marks the conclusion of the careers of Wadlinger and Schumaker.
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