DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team earned fourth place at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships held at Boston University this past weekend. 


    Freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), who was named the Most Outstanding Rookie at the end of the year awards, garnered America East Rookie of the Meet at the Championships.  Little totaled the most points of any freshman women at the meet as the Wildcats took home the Rookie of the Meet honor for the second consecutive year.
    Of 18 swimming events, the Wildcats earned eight first-place finishes, including six individual victories—the most of any America East team at the championships.
    Day one was highlighted by the Wildcats’ record-breaking 200-yard medley relay of Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ont.), Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.), Sarah Kanellas (Lowell, Mass.) and Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine). The squad touched in with a first-place time of 1:42.24 to break the previous record of 1:44.68.

    On day two, Little and Perrault placed second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley, which was followed by Ellisalcaide’s record-setting 50 freestyle performance. Ellisalcaide, with a time of 23.25, broke an America East record to garner first. Three additional Wildcats earned points in that event as Kanellas finished 10th, while Ainsley Ellis (Nantucket, Mass.) and Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) placed 12th and 14th, respectively.


    Ellisalcaide carried her success into the next day, when she garnered third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.84. In the next women’s event, Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) also earned third as she clocked in at 4:27.08 in the 400-yard individual medley. The Wildcat medley relay team saw success once again as they broke a school and conference record in the 400-yard medley relay. The time of 3:46.62, which was nearly two seconds ahead of their closest competitor, was almost three seconds ahead of the previous record (3:49.26).
    Nahin earned a first-place victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching in at 1:03.94, while Little finished quickly behind with a time of 1:04.75 to garner third. Also earning a top finish during day three was Perrault, who broke a school and conference record in the 100-yard backstroke as she touched in nearly two seconds ahead of her competition, 55.15.


    During the final day of competition, Ellisalcaide earned yet another first-place finish as she grabbed the win in the 100-yard free. Ellisalcaide, who set an America East record in the prelims for the event (49.97), narrowly out-touched her opponent with a time of 50.17.
    Little earned her third individual top finish of the meet with a victory in the 200-yard breast. The Rookie of the Meet touched in more than two and a half seconds ahead of her competition at 2:16.59. In the same event, Nahin, with a time of 2:22.75, placed fifth. Fowler earned another third-place finish, as she touched in at 2:04.99 in the 200-yard fly.
    Tory McKenna (Westford, Mass.) highlighted the Wildcats diving as she garnered third in the 1-meter diving with 456.75 points. Each of the top three divers in the event broke the previous America East record of 440.95 points.
    To conclude the meet, the Wildcats’ broke a school record to grab third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The relay squad of Perrault, Ellisalcaide, Ellis and Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) touched in at 3:28.39 to set the new school record.
    Selected members of the Wildcat team will go on to compete in the ECAC Championships held at Harvard University on Feb. 28-Mar. 2.

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