PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The final home meet of the season for the Plymouth State College women’s swimming and diving team and the last dual meet before the New England Championships is this Wednesday (Feb. 4) against arch-rival Keene State College.
The first event between the Panthers and Owls is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the P.E. Center pool. The Panthers have won nine consecutive dual meets to improve to 9-1 this season, while the Owls have captured three straight dual meets and bring an 11-3 mark into the meet.
The meet will also mark the next contest in the Presidents’ Trophy race, signifying the Plymouth State-Keene State all-sports rivalry. KSC has a narrow 4-3 lead in the race, with only Wednesday’s meet and a pair of basketball games (Feb. 17) left on the winter schedule between the two schools.
“We’re looking forward to a good meet,” said Panther head coach Al Switzer, who has a 49-20 record in seven years at PSC. “There should be a lot a of close and exciting races.”
PSC has captured the last five meetings between the two schools, including a 174-126 decision last year in Keene. The last KSC win over Plymouth came in Switzer’s first year at PSC, 1991-92.
Both Plymouth State and Keene State also have sights set on strong performances at the New England Division III Championships, held this year on Feb. 20-22 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
Leading the way for PSC this season has been senior Kathy Boyd (Manhasset, NY), who has been outstanding in both swimming and diving, qualifying for New Englands in both areas. Boyd has set school records in the one-meter diving (174.45), 200 butterfly (2:26.52), 200 I.M. (2:21.82) and 400 I.M. (5:05.37), and also has been PSC’s top swimmer in breaststroke events.
Sophomore freestyler Meaghan Buckley (Haverhill, MA) has been PSC’s top sprinter, and has qualified for the New Englands. She is unbeaten in the 50 and 100 free in dual meets, and has set school records in the 100 free (56.35) and 200 free (2:05.84).
Other top performers on the team include senior Danielle Paturzo (Marlow, NH), juniors Christa Smith (No. Yarmouth, ME) and Sandra Twaddell (Jaffrey, NH) and sophomore Sara Lagasse (Haverhill, MA). Paturzo is enjoying a fine senior season, reaching the New England qualifying times in the 50 and 100 yard backstroke events and performing well for PSC in butterfly and I.M. races. Smith and Twadell are looking to qualify in freestyle events. Lagasse has continued her solid improvement in diving, qualifying for New Englands on both boards and setting school and pool records on three-meter (230.85), giving PSC a threat on the high board for the first time in years.