Panthers in 14th after day two with more action on Saturday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team had multiple swimmers qualify for the finals as the team competed on day two of the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of MIT on Friday.
Sophomore Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) and freshman Madelin Svetin (Topsham, Maine) each qualified for the finals in individual events, junior Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) advanced in the 1-meter diving preliminaries. PSU's 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay also earned spots in the finals.
NEISDA Championships – Plymouth State 14th of 22 Teams (Thru Day 2)
* Roger Williams University holds the team lead with 507 points, with Simmons University (474.5) and Brandeis University (400) rounding out the top three.
* Plymouth State sits in 14th with 121 points, just four behind Western New England University.
How it Happened:
* Turell finished eighth in the A finals of the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.27. Earlier in the day she finished fourth in the preliminaries with a season-best time of 25.05.
* Svetin also set a new personal best in the preliminaries of her event, the 200-yard backstroke. Her time of 2:21.64 was the 13th fastest to put her in the B finals, topping her previous mark by nearly five seconds.
* Svetin swam a 2:22.15 in the final to finish fifth in the group.
* Allaire accumulated 342.60 points to finish fourth in the 1-meter diving preliminaries in a tight race. She will compete in the finals on Saturday (Feb. 23) with a chance to defend her New England title.
* The 400-yard medley relay team of Svetin, Turell, senior Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and freshman Ellie Wilson (Darnestown, Md.) teamed up to finish sixth in the B finals in a time of 4:29.82. Their time topped the previous season best mark by over 20 seconds.
* The Panthers' 200-yard freestyle relay also topped the previous season best mark in both the preliminaries and finals. Svetin, Turell, Gresham and sophomore Sylvie Donnell (Warren, N.H.) finished eighth in the B finals with a time of 1:50.87 after qualifying with a mark of 1:50.01.
* Gresham also swam in the 100-yard butterfly, while Wilson and freshman Jasmine Santiago (Leominster, Mass.) competing in the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries, narrowly missing out on reaching the finals of their respective events.
* Action continues on Saturday (Feb. 23) with the preliminaries and finals in the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard IM, 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 1,000-yard freestyle. Preliminaries are set for the morning, with finals in the evening. The 1-meter diving finals will take place in the afternoon.
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