ORONO, Maine
- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team finished first in all but one event to garner a 184-111 victory at the University of Maine on Thursday.

To open up the day, freshman Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) notched back-to-back first place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle followed by a victory in the 200-yard freestyle with finishing times of 10:29.42 and 1:58.93, respectively.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) earned a first place tally with a time of 58.56. Perrault also had first place finishes in the 200 back, 2:08.59, and in the 100 fly, 58.81.

Christine Tartaglia
(Brewster, N.Y.) kept the Wildcat victories rolling with a first place victory in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.07.

The Wildcats then went on to take first and second place in the next three events. In the 200-yard butterfly, Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine), Laura Fay (Eugene, Ore.) and Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) placed first, second and third, respectively. Fowler clocked at 2:08.29, a solid four seconds ahead of her second-place teammate. In diving action, Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) and Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) placed first and second, respectively. Persia earned 249.40 points in the win, while Dege had 220.50 in that 6-meter event.

New Hampshire’s success continued, as the Wildcats garnered first place in the 100 freestyle, the 200 backstroke and the 200 breast. Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) timed in at 53.92 in the free, while Perrault earned a 2:08.59 time in the back and Tartaglia touched at 2:29.50 in the breast.

The only event that the Wildcats did not earn a top finish was in the 500 free, however Wollenzien, Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) and Meagan Wengrove (Arvada, Colo.) notched second, third and forth spots. 

The Wildcats concluded the day with first and second place tallies in the 3-meter dive. Rebecca Keys (Scituate, Mass.) came in first, 234.60, while Persia followed with 220.90 points. 

The America East Championships are set to begin on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool.
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