WALTHAM, Mass. – Plymouth State University sophomore Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) earned All-New England honors in the 50-yard backstroke Sunday as competition concluded on the third and final day of the New England Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Bentley College.
The Panthers as a team scored 163 points and placed 11th among 22 schools in the event. Bentley won the team championship with 902 points, with Brandeis second (754) and Saint Michael’s (544) edging Keene State (541) and Colby-Sawyer (540) for third.
Anton (left) completed a terrific three-day meet on Sunday, earning All-New England honors with a sixth-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke. She swam a personal-best time of 30.61 seconds in the preliminaries, and then lowered it to 30.30 in the finals, just missing the school record of 30.14 by Melissa Roy in 1997. Anton broke her own school standards in the 100 and 200 backstroke on Saturday and Friday and placed second in the 100 and seventh in the 200.
The other top PSU individual performances on Sunday came from sophomore Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.), who placed ninth in the three-meter diving (270.65 points); freshman Christina DiGiacomo (Meriden, Conn.), who finished 15th in the 100-yard freestyle (season-best 59.24 seconds); freshman Erin Musto (Westford, Mass.), who took 16th in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle (20:49.03); and sophomore Katie Bouffard (Essex Jct., Vt.), who was 18th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:51.94).
PSU’s 400-yard free relay team of DiGiacomo, Anton, and freshmen Melissa Walczak (Farmington, Conn.), and Kristen Mulcahy (Pawtucket, R.I.) placed 13th, lowering their time from 4:09.24 in the preliminaries to 4:02.43 in the finals.
The Panthers are led by 14th-year head coach Al Switzer and 15th-year assistant Deb Link.
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