NEW BRITIAN, CONN. – Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine), of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team, finished first in three events and led off the Wildcats top-place 200-yard freestyle relay to lead the Wildcats to a 171-128 victory over Central Connecticut University.
The Blue Devils (2-2) got off to a good start, placing first in the opening three events to take a 36-19 lead after three races, but Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) flipped the momentum in favor of the Wildcats (4-1) with their first top-place finish of the day as the sophomore touched in with a time of 59.04 in the 100-yard backstroke.
In a close 100-yard breaststroke event, a race in which each of the top three finishers touched in within .68 seconds of each other, Wildcats Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.) and Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) grabbed second (1:09.68) and third (1:09.86), respectively.
After Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) was out-touched by .70 seconds for first in the 200-yard butterfly, Ellisalcaide earned her first top finish of the afternoon in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.19, a time which ranks her first in the America East in that event.
With the Blue Devils leading by ten points (70-60) after seven events, the Wildcat diving stepped up, earning the top three spots in the 1-meter, to give the Wildcats the lead (78-71). Tory McKenna (Westford, Mass.) garnered the top spot with 237.45 points, while Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) and Nicole Poppas had scores of 222.07 and 212.92, respectively.
Ellisalcaide and Perrault continued the Wildcats’ roll as they both earned their second first-place finishes of the meet. Ellisalcaide touched in with a time of 53.48 in the 100-yard free, while Perrault dominated competition in the 200-yard back finishing at 2:12.00. Perrault’s finish was just under seven second ahead of her second-place teammate Megan Wengrove (Arvada, Colo.) and almost 12 seconds ahead of the any Blue Devil swimmer.
Freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) grabbed a top-place finish in the 200-yard breast as she timed in at 2:24.26. Ellisalcaide then garnered her third first-place finish of the afternoon in the 100-yard butterfly by touching in at 59.20, just .15 seconds ahead of Central Connecticut.
In 3-meter diving, Persia (222.90) garnered first, while Poppas (197.17) earned second place for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire iced the victory by placing first and second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Ellisalcaide, Anna Gryglewska (Norwalk, Conn.), Nahin and Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) were all part of the top-place finish, which touched in with a time of 1:41.46.
The Wildcats will return to action when they take part in the Boston University Invitational, which will take place Friday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Nov. 23.