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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team opened the 2003-04 season this past weekend at UNH's Swasey Pool with dominating victories against the University of Rhode Island, 221-79, and the University of Massachusetts, 168-32.
UNH won all 16 events against URI and captured first place in 10 of 16 events against UMass. Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with five victories over the weekend. She was the top swimmer in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke both days and also won the 200 freestyle vs. UMass.
Both Ashley Fish (Fairview, Pa.) and Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.) were also repeat victors. Fish was the first swimmer to touch the wall in the 100 and 200 butterfly against URI, then repeated that effort vs. UMass. Lague was clocked as the fastest swimmer in both the 100 and 200 backstroke on both days. Fish and Lague also comprised half of the winning 200 medley relay team in both meets. Christine Harvey (Plaistow, N.H.) and Amanda Paul (Reston, Va.) swam the other two legs.
Heather Brogan (Hudson, N.H.) also turned in top performances in both meets. She earned first place in both diving events, the 1- and 3-meter, against URI and took top honors in the 3-meter vs. UMass.
Kristen Nardozzi (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Amy Roberts (Boxborough, Mass.) were other multiple winners in the meet vs. Rhode Island. Nardozzi bested the field in both the 100 and 200 free, and Roberts accomplished the same feat in the 500 free and 200 individual medley.
Harvey (50 free) and Amanda Crawford (Hillsdale, N.J.; 1000 free) accounted for the other two individual wins vs. the Rams. The 'Cats 400 free relay team of Nardozzi, Paul, Crawford and Daly capped the meet with a win.
Christine Simmons (Willston, Vt.) produced UNH's other win against UMass with the fastest time in the 1000 free.
UNH returns to action Nov. 1 (1 p.m.) at Boston University. The next Wildcat home meet is Nov. 15, when the 'Cats play host to Colgate and Vermont beginning at 11 a.m.