Owls splash Panthers 149-92

Owls splash Panthers 149-92

KEENE, N.H. 1/9/13 –Nationally ranked Keene State College swept all 14 swimming races and both diving events Wednesday afternoon to defeat Plymouth State University, 149-92, in a women's swimming and diving dual meet at the Spaulding Gym Pool.

Keene State improves its dual meet mark to 5-1 while the Panthers fall to 0-4.

"It was a good midweek meet for us during winter training," said KSC Coach Jack Fabian.  "The women appreciated the opportunity to have a break from practice and compete. They were very consistent in their efforts and had some good times for the first meet since returning from their Florida training trip."

Juniors Nicole Rutigliano (Woodbury, Conn.) and Alexis Houser (New Hope, Pa.), and sophomore Julie Trodden (Reading, Mass.) each won two individual events, for the Owls, ranked 15th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. Rutigliano finished first in the 50-yard back (30.61) and the 100 back (1:04.70), Houser prevailed in the 50 fly (28.83) and the 200 free (2:05.25) and Trodden was the first to the wall in the 100 free (57.99) and the 1,000 free (11:11.64).

Other winners for the Owls included sophomore Diana Pimer (West Haven, Conn.) in the 50 breast (33.49), sophomore Caitlyn Shea (Salem, N.H.) in the 100 fly (1:03.54), freshman Alison Bartlett (Stratham, N.H.) in the 50 free (25.97) freshman Corrina Nickerson (Torrington, Conn.) in the 100 breast (1:11.41) sophomore Lindsay Day (Chelmsford, Mass.) in the 100 I.M. (1:07.42) and  junior Stephanie Murray (Haverhill, Mass.) in the 500 free (5:25.89).

Keene State swept both relay races. The team of freshman Madison Sestak (Liverpool, N.Y.), Rutigliano, Nickerson and Bartlett won the 200 medley relay (1:59.88) while sophomore Taylor DaSilva (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and freshman Rebecca Stewart (East Lyme, Conn.) joined Pimer and Murray to take the 200 free relay (1:49.56).

Freshman Kelly Gilmore (Dedham, Mass.) had a good day on the board, winning the one-meter (185.15 points) and three-meter (206.64 points) diving competition. 

Senior Jenn Semaro (Salem, N.H.) posted the top finish by PSU in swimming events, placing third (1:10.71) in the 100 fly.  Junior Shannon Rogers (Beverly, Mass.) placed third in one meter (131.60 points) and three-meter (133.60 points) diving.

Both teams return to the pool on Saturday for I p.m. meets.  The Owls travel to Eastern Connecticut State University while Plymouth State returns home to face Bridgewater State University.