BALTIMORE, MD. – Freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving finished first in three events, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to UMBC, 147-126, in the America East season opener on Sunday afternoon.
The Retrievers, who out touched the Wildcats by just .04 seconds in the opening 200-yard medley relay, earned top finishes in the first three events, before Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) got New Hampshire started with a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.26.
Little continued the Wildcats’ roll with her first top finish of the day, touching in at 1:07.20 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.), who finished shortly after Little (1:07.66), earned second in that event.
Perrault notched her second first-place finish of the day in the 200-yard backstroke, touching in at 2:08.35. Little’s second top finish was the 200-yard breast, with a time of 2:22.28.
Little, who earned last week’s America East Performer of the Week honors, also was the first to finish in the 200-yard individual medley as the Wildcats had the top three finishers in that event. The freshman touched in at 2:10.52, while Perrault and Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) finished with times of 2:11.81 and 2:20.66, respectively.
In 1-meter diving, Tory McKenna (Westford, Mass.) and Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) took the first (230.03) and second (197.60) positions, respectively. Persia went on to take first place in the 3-merer with 218.03 points.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 8 when they travel to Central Connecticut.