Panthers open with 800-yard freestyle relay
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of MIT on Thursday night.
In the only event of the event of the evening, the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Panthers' quartet of freshmen Jasmine Santiago (Leominster, Mass.) and Ellie Wilson (Darnestown, Md.), sophomore Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) and senior Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) posted a 12th place finish.
NEISDA Championships – Plymouth State 12th of 18 Teams (Thru Day 1)
* Simmons College posted the top time in meet record fashion, finishing in 7:40.31, ahead of Roger Williams University and Keene State College.
* Plymouth State's 12th place finish earned 30 team points through the meet's first event.
How it Happened:
* The PSU foursome posted an 8:50.85 combined time to earn 30 team points and finish 12th overall.
* The Panthers sat in 15th after Santiago finished the opening leg in 2:15.03, and Gresham posted a 2:17.01 to move the team up a spot to 14th.
* Wilson was impressive in the third leg, swimming to a 2:09.84 to move the team into 12th and Turell swam a 2:08.97 anchor leg to hold off the competition.
* The meet kicks into full gear on Friday (Feb. 22), with preliminary races in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 50-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard individual medley and 400-yard medley relay in the morning and 1-meter diving in the afternoon. The finals of the eight swimming events will start at 6:00 p.m.
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