DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed first in 12 of 16 events to earn a 180-115 victory over the University of Maine on Friday evening at Swasey Pool.
    To begin the day, the Wildcats earned first and second in the 200-yard medley relay with times of 1:50.29 and 1:54.42, respectively. After the Black Bears placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle, the Wildcats broke away with nine consecutive first-place finishes.
    Meagan Wengrove (Arvada, Colo.) grabbed finished the 200-yard free in a first-place time of 1:59.27, which was followed up by Amy Perrault’s (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) first place backstroke with a time of 59.18.
    The Wildcats swept the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, led by Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), who finished in 1:05.55. Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) finished shortly after (1:05.80), while Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.) finished in a time of 1:10.04. In the next event, the 50-yard free the Wildcats took the top three spots. Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine) was the first Wildcat to finish (24.38), while Anna Gryglewska (Norwalk, Conn.) and Keli Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) earned times of 25.47 and 25.85, respectively.
    In 1-meter diving the Wildcats, led by Tory McKenna (Westford, Mass.) with 228.23 points, the Wildcats grabbed first, second and third. Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) totaled with 208.35 points, while Nicole Poppas had 188.03 in the event. In 3-meter diving, Persia once again finished on top with 213.98 points.
    Once again the Wildcats took the first three spots, this time in the 100-yard free. Elliscalaide earned her second first-place victory of the day with a time of 54.36, while Ainsley Ellis (Nantucket, Mass.) and Gryglewska finished with times of 55.53 and 55.83, respectively.
    In the 200-yard back, Perrault garnered her second top-finish of the meet with a time of 2:08.95, almost three seconds ahead of her competition. Little and Nahin took first (3:20.97) and second (2:21.56), respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke. Though Maine earned a top finish in the 500-yard free, the Wildcats’ advantage was enough to hold off the Black Bears.
    New Hampshire extended its advantage with first and second finishes in the 100-yard fly. Ellisalcaide timed in at 59.20, while Sarah Kanellas (Lowell, Mass.) touched in at 1:00.10.
    The Wildcats will begin the America East Championships on Thursday, Feb. 19. All events will take place at Boston University’s Aquatic Center.

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