PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In a meet that wasn’t decided until the final race, Keene State College edged Plymouth State College Wednesday night in women’s swimming and diving, 154-146, and the PSC Pool.
Keene State was able to defeat the Panthers despite a fine performance by the home team. PSC set six school records and one pool record, while Keene State added two pool records of their own. The Owls improve to 12-3, while PSC has its nine-meet winning streak stopped and completes the dual meet season at 9-2.
The outcome breaks a five-year winning streak that PSC owned over Keene State. The win also gives KSC a 5-3 advantage in the Presidents’ Trophy standings, signifying the rivalry between the two schools.
The meet came down the final race, the 400 yard freestyle relay. Keene State’s Jen Gannon (Killingworth, C), Amber Allen (Plainville, CT), Melanie Tripp (Ellsworth, ME) and Seanna Matthews (Wilbraham, MA) brought home the victory in a pool-record time of 3:56.87 to secure the victory for the Owls.
“We had a great performance, a great effort, and some outstanding times,” said PSC coach Al Switzer. “You can second-guess yourself. We could have changed a couple of things, but that might have hurt us somewhere else. Overall, it was a good performance leading into the New Englands.”
The Panthers got outstanding performances from sophomore Meaghan Buckley (Haverhill, MA) and senior Kathy Boyd (Manhasset, NY). Buckley won three individual events and set school records in all three – the 50 yard free (25.69), the 100 yard free (56.09) and 200 yard free (2:01.81). Boyd also set school records in winning three grueling events — the 200 yard butterfly (2:22.35), 200 breaststroke (2:37.00), and 200 yard individual medley (2:21.52).
Sophomore Sarah Lagasse (Haverhill, MA) and senior Danielle Paturzo (Marlow, NH) also had strong meets for PSC. Lagasse won the one-meter (219.0) and three-meter (210.45) diving events, and Paturzo established school records in winning the 200 backstroke (2:21.13) and in finishing second in the 100 back (1:05.53).
The Owls were led by Tripp, who captured the 1000 freestyle (11:26.68) and set a pool record in winning the 500 free (5:28.85). Other first place finishers for the Owls included Lissa Cross (Moorestown, NJ) in the 100 back (1:01.01), Shannon Coco (Pittsfield, MA) in the 100 breast (1:15.43), Katie Guerra (Storrs, CT) in the 100 butterfly (1:06.31), and the 200 medley relay team of Cross, Coco, Guerra and Matthews (1:59.37).
PSC is now idle until the New England Division III Championships on Feb. 20-22 at Wesleyan University. Keene State competes again Saturday (Feb. 7) at UMass Dartmouth.