Allaire voted Diver of the Year following spectacular season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its Women's Swimming and Diving major award winners on Tuesday and Plymouth State University diver Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was voted the LEC Diver of the Year following a vote of the league's head coaches.
The sophomore just completed one of the most decorated years in the 33 year history of the program. Allaire wrapped up her season over the weekend at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships by defending her titles on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards in record-breaking fashion.
On Friday during the preliminary round of 1-meter diving Allaire set a new school record of 378.45 to secure the top spot in the finals. She topped that performance in the finals on Saturday, eclipsing her less-than-24-hours old record by over 15 points by earning a 393.85.
She was just as spectacular on the 3-meter board on Sunday, breaking another school record during the qualifying stage with a preliminary score of 384.80, before defending her title with a 369.95 in the 3-meter diving finals. She was recognized as NEISDA Diver of the Meet after her titles.
Allaire, the 2016-17 LEC Rookie Diver of the Year, secured her first LEC title on Feb. 3, winning the 3-meter diving competition to earn All-LEC First Team honors on the 3-meter board. Earlier in the day she took second place on the 1-meter board to claim All-LEC Second Team honors in 1-meter diving.
Allaire has won every 3-meter competition she's entered this season and finished in the top spot on the 1-meter board in every meet aside from the LEC Championships. She has broken four school records (1-meter six dives, 1-meter eleven dives, 3-meter six dives, 3-meter eleven dives) this season, was honored by the LEC with six Diver of the Week awards and was selected as the NEISDA Diver of the Week twice.
"Casey hasn't missed a single practice in two years," said head coach Al Switzer, who just completed his 27th year at the helm. "She's a great student, brings a great personality and attitude and has been very receptive to learning new dives. There's a lot of trust between us."
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