PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving takes fifth at LEC Championships

PSU Women’s Swimming & Diving takes fifth at LEC Championships

Allaire earns All-LEC honors in 1m, 3m diving

            DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) All-Little East Conference (LEC) honors in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving to lead the Plymouth State University women's swimming & diving team to a fifth place finish at the LEC Championships at Tripp Natatorium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday.

            Allaire earned the LEC title and All-LEC First Team honors in 1-meter diving, while placing second to collect All-LEC Second Team honors in 3-meter diving.

            Sophomore Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) posted a pair of fourth place finishes, with senior Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) adding a fifth place finish on the day.


            The Basics:

            LEC Championships – Plymouth State 5th of 7 Teams


            Team Champions:

            * Keene State captured a 13th consecutive team title with 535 points, holding off UMass Dartmouth (281.5) and Westfield State (234) for the top spot.

            * Plymouth State ended the meet with 129 points to finish ahead of WestConn (88) and Rhode Island College (48).


            How it Happened:

            * Allaire captured her first LEC title on the 1-meter board with a season-best score of 239.05, but was unable to defend her crown on the 3-meter board, where she posted a 227.25 but was nipped by just two points.

            * Turell posted a fourth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a season best time of 26.09 seconds, and shaved nearly three seconds off her previous best time in the 100-yard freestyle to finish fourth in 57.25 seconds. She also finished tenth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:15.10.

            * Gresham dropped 5.74 seconds off her 200-yard butterfly to finish fifth in 2:37.43. She also took sixth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:09.66.

            * Freshman Jasmine Santiago (Leominster, Mass.) posted a pair of eighth place finishes. She cut almost 4.5 seconds off her 200-yard freestyle to finish in 2:13.56 and was even more impressive in the 200-yard backstroke, where she topped her previous best mark by 7.91 seconds to finish in 2:29.76.

            * Classmate Ellie Wilson (Darnestown, Md.) set a personal record in the 1000-yard freestyle, crushing her previous mark by 10.39 seconds. Her final time of 12:22.84 was good enough for ninth. She also took tenth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season best time of 2:53.21.

            * Senior Stephanie Labeck (Oakville, Conn.) was the last Panther swimmer to earn team points with a tenth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (6:44.17).


            Teaming Up:

            * Freshman Madelin Svetin (Topsham, Maine), Wilson, Turell and Gresham joined forces to finish sixth in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.86.

            * Santiago, Gresham, freshman Liz O'Sullivan (Bow, N.H.) and sophomore Sylvie Donnell (Warren, N.H.) teamed up for a season best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing sixth in 4:29.32.


            Up Next:

            * The Panthers head to MIT for the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) championships in two weeks. Events take place between Feb. 21 and Feb. 24.



Little East Conference 1-Meter Diving Champion - Casey Allaire


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