PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving falls to UMass Dartmouth

PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving falls to UMass Dartmouth

Turell leads Panthers in setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) posted a first place and two seconds, but the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 143-101, in a dual meet at the PSU Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.

            Turell earned the win in the 200-yard freestyle, before adding a pair of narrow second place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Freshman Madelin Svetin (Topsham, Maine) added three second place finishes, while classmate Ellie Wilson (Darnestown, Md.) earned a pair of second place finishes.

            As part of its Breast Cancer Awareness Meet the Panthers collected donations for First Descents, an organization that provides outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer.

            Prior to the meet Plymouth State honored its four seniors; Nicole Bombardier (Duxbury, Mass.), Alexa Gamache (Bedford, N.H.), Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and Stephanie Labeck (Oakville, Conn.), along with manager Julie McGuire for their contributions to the program.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 101, UMass Dartmouth 143



            Plymouth State (4-5)

            UMass Dartmouth (2-8)


            How it Happened:

            * Turell and Wilson teamed up to finish one-two in the 200-freestyle, with Turell touching the wall in 2:12.36 and Wilson setting a season-best time of 2:15.60.

            * Turell was nipped by Corsairs junior Molly Harrington (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. Harrington held of Turell by 0.19 seconds in the 50, and just 0.18 in the 100.

            * Svetin took second in the 50-yard backstroke (31.64), while also posting a pair of season best times in her other two individual events.

            * She shaved more than four seconds off her best 200-yard backstroke time to finish second in 2:26.46, and posted a new best time of 28.93 in a second place finish in the 50-yard butterfly.

            * Wilson was especially impressive earning a second place in the 200-yard breaststroke immediately after swimming the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 2:54.80.

            * Junior Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) swept the diving events after recording a 214.11 on the 1-meter board and 204.60 on the 3-meter board.

            * Gresham took second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:10.01, while freshman Jasmine Santiago (Leominster, Mass.) placed second in the grueling 1000-yard freestyle in 12:49.41.


            Teaming Up:

            * Svetin, Gresham, Turell and sophomore Sylvie Donnell (Warren, N.H.) teamed up to win the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:53.95, the fastest time this season yet for a PSU relay team.

            * The quartet of Santiago, Wilson, Allaire and freshman Liz O'Sullivan (Bow, N.H.) joined forces to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:24.39.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "We had some awesome swims today," said head coach Anne Barbeau. "Ellie [Wilson] had a real gutsy performance swimming back-to-back 200s and we had a lot of athletes swimming outside of their comfort zones today. It was great to have so many family members there to honor our seniors and we were able to make some money for First Descents, too."


            Up Next:

            * Both teams will compete at the Little East Conference championships hosted by UMass Dartmouth in two weeks (Feb. 9).



Plymouth State seniors with the coaching staff and their families.


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