Panthers in action at UMass Dartmouth on Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team heads to the Tripp Athletic Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the 2020 Little East Conference women's swimming & diving championships tomorrow (Feb. 1), with events starting at noon.
Plymouth State matched its best finish since the 2007-08 season last winter when the team placed fifth in head coach Anne Barbeau's first year at the helm. The Panthers have additional depth and some of the top seeds entering the meet this season, though, and the team has high expectations for what the meet may hold.
Senior Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) is the team's best bet to capture an LEC title and earn All-LEC honors as the top seed in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving. The standout is the defending champion on the 1-meter board, where she posted a 239.05 last year, and she placed second at 3-meters by just two points last a year ago after taking home the 3-meter title as a sophomore in 2018.
Other top seeds for the Panthers include junior Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore Madelin Svetin (Topsham, Maine). Turell is seeded second in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, with her seed time in the 100-free matching that of top-seeded Jaelin Jang of Keene State. She posted a pair of fourth-place finishes at the championships last year.
Svetin is the second seed in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke. She appeared in the 50-yard freestyle last year, placing 13th, as well as swimming the opening leg for the Panthers' 200-yard medley relay team. The duo will also both appear in the 100-yard butterfly, where Svetin is seeded fourth, just ahead of Turell's sixth-place seeding. Both are looking to become Plymouth State's first individual event winner in a swimming event in the history of the LEC championship.
The top two finishers in each individual event and relay will earn All-Little East Conference honors, with winners being named to the First Team and runners up to the Second Team.
Live video coverage of the meet will be available on the LEC Network at portal.stretchinternet.com/lec, while additional information can be found on the conference's championship page at www.littleeast.com.
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