Colonials fall at Plymouth State, 130-112

from the desk of Kent Cherrington - PSU Sports Information Director
and 2010 Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award winner


PLYMOUTH, NH (Jan. 17) —Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut State University each won eight events Tuesday in a women’s swimming and diving meet at the PSU Natatorium but the host Panthers had more depth and pulled out a 130-112 victory over the Colonials.

Senior Lara Gruner (Center Barnstead, N.H.) and Brittanie Bradley (Scarborough, Maine) led the Panther effort with two individual victories apiece.  Gruner placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 12:16.74 and the 50-yard free in 28.16 seconds while Bradley swept the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke in 36.42 and 1:20.84, respectively.  Gruner also took second place in the 500 free (6:03.26).

Three other Panthers captured individual events.  Sophomore Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) was the fastest in the 500 free (5:50.85); junior Amy Mulhern (Taunton, Mass.) touched the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:29.00); and sophomore Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) was the high-point scorer in the one-meter diving (164.95).

Sophomores Kathie Meerman (Danbury, Conn.) and Danielle Laprine (New Fairfield, Conn.) paced the Colonials with three individual victories apiece.  Meerman was the winner of the 200 free (2:08.01), the 100 butterfly (1:02.85) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.32) while Laprine was the fastest in the 50 back (31.72), the 50 fly (29.14), and the 100 free (58.11).  Junior Nicole Olmstead (Southbury, Conn.) also took first place in the three-meter diving (162.15).

The two teams split the two relay races, with the 200 medley relay going to Western’s team of junior Nancy Xu (Middlebury, Conn.), Meerman, Laprine and Olmstead in 2:05.49, and the home team combination of Bradley, senior Brittany Shortell (Ansonia, Conn.), sophomore Jackie Viotto (Morristown, N.J.) and freshman Lauren D’Iorio (Kennebunk, Maine)  took the 400 free relay in 4:02.90.

The Panthers, 3-5, are back in the pool Saturday with a dual meet at the College of Saint Joseph (Conn.), while the Colonials, 1-4, compete Friday at Hunter College in New York City.