ORONO, Maine-
The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team placed third at the America East Championships held this past weekend in Orono, Maine. The Wildcats were honored with two awards as Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) was selected Rookie of the Meet, while New Hampshire's Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) won the Coaches Award for most points scored by a female over four years of competition with 212 points.

After a day of competition the Wildcats were in sixth place with 100 points through event 12, but a rally effort Friday brought the team into third place. At the beginning of the day on Saturday, Boston University was in first with 304 points, while UMBC followed with 274 and the Wildcats sat in third with 250, however by the end of competition all three teams were within 19 points of each other. UMBC took over first with 488 points, Boston U. followed with 477, while Wildcats continued to surge back, with 468.5 points through 38 events. After four days of competition the UMBC came out on top with a score of 741 points.  Boston University placed second with a score of 685 points, while New Hampshire earned a close third with 628.50 points.

The Wildcat 200-yard medley relay team set a school and America East record with a first place time of 1:44.68. Perrault, Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.), Goodman and Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) were all part of the record-setting swim. In the 400-medley relay the Wildcats placed second with a time of 3:50.29, which was just over a second away from beating the school record in that event. Perrault, Allison Nahin’s (Hartland, Wisc.), Petchonka, and Kiersten Wollenzien (Arvada, Colo.) were all part of the event, which was less than a second behind the first-place UMBC medley team.

Sophomore Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) knocked off heavily favored Terrier Bri O’Shaunessy in the 400-yard individual medley. Fowler found herself back after two turns, but came from behind to touch in at 4:29.03, less than a second ahead of O’Shaunessy. Folwer then earned a second place finish in the 200-butterfly with a time of 2:06.11.

Perrault earned a first place victory in the 100-yard backstroke (56.11).  She also finished a third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.34. The freshman, who totaled the second highest points total for women, will compete in the Candadian Olympic Trails in April.

Petchonka finished first in the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries and earned third in the finals with a time of 57.83, while Goodman placed second (57.03) in that event. Petchonka garnered a second place time in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 24.03.

Other highlights from the meet include Wollenzien’s fourth place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle, 17:19.74, was the third fastest time for that event in UNH history. Petchonka, fifth place finish in the 100-free was her career best, touching in at 52.79. Nahin was edged by UMBC swimmer Christina Cantwell (1:05.01), earning second place in the 100-yard breaststoke (1:05.14).

Boston U. swept the diving competitions as Wildcats Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) and Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) placed five and sixth, respectively, in the 1-meter.

At the end of February, the Wildcats will head to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the ECAC Championships held from February 28 through March 2.
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