DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed first in 13-of-16 events en route to a 173-121 victory over the University of Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Swasey Pool. Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) notched three first-place finishes to go along with Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ont.) and Kiersten Wollenzien’s (Holland Landing, Ont.) two first-place swims. With the win, the Wildcats stay perfect in the conference at 2-0, 5-0 overall.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead finishing first and second in the 200-yard medley relay to start off the day. Perrault, Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.), Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) and Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.) all contributed in the first-place relay with a time of 1:49.35. New Hampshire continued to hold the lead with a first-place swim by Wollenzien in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 10:40.90.
After a Catamount win in the 200 free, the Wildcats went on to place first in the next four events. The four-win run was highlighted by Perrault’s 56.90 seconds finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.), with a time of 1:06.70, led the team to a sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke with Wildcats taking placing one, two and three in that event. Petchonka placed first in the 50 free (24.95), which was followed by another sweep in the event. In the first diving event of the day, Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) placed first in the one-meter with 261.90 points. The Wildcats sealed the victory in the one-meter by sweeping their third consecutive event.
Also placing first in the day was Perrault in the 200-yard backstroke and Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) in the 200-yard breaststroke with times of 2:03.52 and 2:28.26, respectively. Petchonka timed in at 57.82 to complete her stellar day of performances with a first place swim in the 100-yard fly, while Rebecca Keys (Scituate, Mass.) earned a first-place victory in the three-meter dive, tallying 236.32 points.
The undefeated Wildcats play host to Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Nov. 10. The non-conference meet will begin at 2 p.m.