Allaire claims silver in 3-m diving; Panthers post best finish in five years
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Casey Allaire (Mattaspoisett, Mass.) claimed the silver medal in 3-meter diving to help guide the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team to its best finish in five years on the final day of the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of MIT on Sunday.
Allaire took second in the 3-meter finals a day after a third place finish on the 1-meter board. Freshman Madelin Svetin (Topsham, Maine) and sophomore Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) also qualified for the finals of their respective events, with Svetin winning the B finals in the 50-yard backstroke and Turell finishing sixth in the B finals of the 100-yard IM.
Plymouth State earned 296.5 points to finish 13th in the team standings, matching the best school finish since the 2013-14 season.
NEISDA Championships – Plymouth State 13th of 22 Teams (Final)
* Simmons University took home the New England title with 1,410.5 points. Roger Williams University (1,257) finished second, with Brandeis University (1,115.5) rounding out the top three.
* Plymouth State retained its hold on the 13th spot after finishing with 296.5 points, equaling the best finish in five years.
How it Happened:
* Allaire scored an impressive 342.95 in the 3-meter diving preliminaries to enter the finals in the top spot. She scored a 337.35 in the finals to finish second, after getting nipped by Westfield State's Monique Groux.
* Svetin was outstanding in the 50-yard backstroke. She shaved nearly two seconds off her season best time to qualify for the finals with a time of 29.94 seconds. She was even better in the finals, touching the wall in a school record time (29.14) to win the B finals.
* Turell wrapped up a notable weekend in similar fashion. Her time of 1:06.55 in the 100-yard IM preliminaries was nearly two seconds faster than her season best time and qualified her for the B finals. She finished sixth in the finals after posting a time of 1:07.44
* Freshman Ellie Wilson (Darnestown, Md.) capped a strong rookie campaign with a remarkable time in the 200-yard breaststroke. She dropped more than ten seconds from her season best time to finish just shy of qualifying for the finals, touching the wall in 2:43.13.
* Senior Megan Gresham (Waterbury Center, Vt.) also swam on the final day of action, competing in the 200-yard butterfly.
* The conclusion of the meet wraps up the Panthers 2018-19 campaign. Under first-year head coach Anne Barbeau the team posted a 4-5 record in dual meets, placed fifth at the Little East Championships and set a pair of school records while medaling three times at the NEISDA Championships.
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