DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team was selected second in the 2008 America East preseason coaches’ poll. The Wildcats received two first-place votes and with 31 points were just three behind conference favorite UMBC with 34 points, including four first-place votes.
    The Wildcats, who finished third last year, look to recapture their 2006 conference title. The team, which already jumped out to a great start this season at 3-0, are returning key swimmers this season.
    Senior Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine), is coming off three first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke, while setting a conference record in the 100 backstroke and a pool record in the 100 fly. The relay team of Goodman, Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.), Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.) will all be returning after finishing first in the 200-medley relay at conference championships. The Wildcats will look to sophomore Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) who took second-place in the 200-yard butterfly last season. Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.), the Wildcats’ top diver will return after taking third in the 1-meter finals.
    The Wildcats’ freshmen class have already emerged as solid contributors early on this season. Freshman Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) broke two pool records and finished first in all six events she swam, while classmate Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) swam in the team’s 200-yard medley relay, which broke a Wagner pool record during the Wildcats’ three-win weekend.
    Boston University placed third in the poll with 28 points and one first-place vote. The University of Vermont (20) came in fourth in the poll, followed by University of Maine (17), Binghamton University (10) and Stony Brook University (7) to round out the standings.
    The 2008 America East Swimming and Diving Championships will be hosted by the University of Maine on February 14-17 in Orono, Maine.
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