Allaire chosen as Diver of the Year for second straight season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its women's swimming and diving major award winners on Wednesday and Plymouth State University's top diver was among those honored.
Junior Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was voted the LEC Diver of the Year by the league's head coaches for a second straight year after putting together another remarkable season.
The standout won every event she entered from November through January, collecting five 1-meter and 3-meter titles along the way.
At the Little East Championships on Feb. 9 she captured her first LEC title on the 1-meter board to earn All-LEC First Team honors. She added an All-LEC Second Team selection in 3-meter diving after finishing second at that height by just two points.
In the 1-meter diving competition at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships on Saturday Allaire qualified in fourth place after a preliminary score of 342.60. She moved up to third after earning 348.80 points in the finals to collect a bronze medal.
A day later she captured the silver medal on the 3-meter board. She posted a 342.95 in the preliminaries to enter the finals in the top spot, then scored 337.35 in the finals but was forced to settle for a second place finish after being nipped by Westfield State's top diver. Allaire's performance helped lead Plymouth State to a 13th place finish, the best program finish since the 2013-14 season.
Allaire is no stranger to recognition. A five-time LEC Diver of the Week selection this winter, she has also been named the 2016-17 LEC Rookie Diver of the Year, the 2017 and 2018 NEISDA Female Diver of the Meet (at NEISDA Championships) and was selected as a member of the All-New England Team last year.
Under first-year head coach Anne Barbeau the Panthers posted a 4-5 record in dual meets, took fifth at the LEC Championships and set a pair of school records while earning three medals at the NEISDA Championships.
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