Allaire, Svetin help Panthers to best finish in nine years
KINGSTON, R.I. – Senior Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) finished second in 3-meter diving to finish the weekend with a pair of silver medals and sophomore Madelin Svetin (Topsham, Maine) set yet another school record as the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team posted its best finish at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships in nine years at the Tootell Aquatic Center at the University of Rhode Island on Sunday.
Allaire scored a 364.30 to place second in the 3-meter diving, while Svetin swam the two fastest times in program history in the preliminaries and then finals of the 50-yard backstroke. Junior Cammie Turell (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore Ellie Wilson (Darnestown, Md.) both reached the B finals in their respective events.
The Panthers end the weekend in 12th place with 358 points, equaling the best finish since the team also took 12th in the 2010-11 season. Roger Williams won the title with 1,519 points, with Simmons (1,426) and Keene State (1,094) making up the rest of the top three.
NEISDA Championships – 12th of 21 Teams (Final)
How it Happened:
- Allaire capped her incredible career with her second silver medal of the weekend. She scored a 351.45 to qualify in second, then improved her score to 364.30 in the finals to finish second.
- In 34 meets over her four years, Allaire swept the diving competition 27 times, placing first at 3-meters 30 times and winning on the 1-meter board 28 times. Of her eight career appearances at NEISDAs she has won four, placed second three times and took third once. She also owns four Little East Conference (LEC) titles, three LEC runners-up and a third place at the LEC Championships.
- Svetin finished fifth in the A finals of the 50-yard backstroke in 28.48, resetting the record she had established just a few hours earlier when qualifying fourth in the preliminaries with a time of 28.77.
- Wilson took second in the B finals of the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:38.51. She posted the tenth-fastest time in the prelims after touching the wall in 2:38.41, nearly 13 seconds better than her previous fastest time.
- Turell ended up third in the B finals of the 100-yard IM after posting a season-best time of 1:05.89. Earlier in the day she qualified 11th in 1:06.92.
- Freshman MacKenzie Brady (Rochester, N.H.) ended up 18th in the 1650-yard freestyle. Her time of 20:21.83 was 7.98 seconds faster than her season best.
- Freshman Jessica McGregor (New Boston, N.H.) finished 27th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.51.
- Sophomore Liz O'Sullivan (Bow, N.H.), Wilson, junior Sylvie Donnell (Warren, N.H.) and McGregor cut more than 27 seconds off the Panthers' season best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay to finish 18th in 4:11.84.
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