Allaire, Turell and Switzer all honored
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) announced its major awards winners and All-New England Teams and three members of the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team were among those honored.
Sophomore Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was named the NEISDA Female Diver of the Meet after the NEISDA Championships last weekend, while Allaire and freshman Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) were both named to the All-New England Team. Head coach Al Switzer, who just completed his 27th year at the helm, was recognized as the recipient of the Charles Batterman Award for Women's Dive Coach of the Year.
Allaire has been no stranger to awards and recognition this year following a superb sophomore season. Earlier this week she was named the Little East Conference (LEC) Diver of the Year after a vote of the league's head coaches one year after winning LEC Rookie Diver of the Year as a freshman. She defended a pair of titles at the NEISDA Championships, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events while setting school records in both. She also won the first LEC title of her career, winning the 3-meter diving competition at the LEC Championships to earn All-LEC First Team honors on the 3-meter board. She also earned a second place finish on the 1-meter board at the LEC Championships 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 winter, was honored by the LEC with six Diver of the Week awards and was selected as the NEISDA Diver of the Week twice.
Turell put together a fantastic freshman season, posting the team's top time in five of the ten events she swam this year. At the NEISDA Championships she qualified for the finals in each of the three individual events she swam, finishing eighth in the 50-yard freestyle, 14th in the 50-yard butterfly and 16th in the 100-yard IM. The rookie posted personal record times during the qualifying in each of the three events, finishing the 50-yard freestyle in 25.49, the 50-yard butterfly in 27.98 and the 100-yard IM in 1:06.65.
Switzer was named the Batterman Award winner after guiding Allaire to a sweep of the diving events. The Batterman Award is named for the former national diving champion and coach of the MIT diving team from 1956-1987 who authored The Techniques of Springboard Diving. Switzer wins the award for the second consecutive year.
NEISDA All-New England Team honors are awarded to any competitors earning a top-eight individual finish or top-four relay placement during the NEISDA Championship meet.
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