BOSTON – The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team earned fifth place at the Boston University Invitational. Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine) led the way for the Wildcats with two top-place finishes, while Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) each had first-place times as well.
On Sunday, the Wildcats grabbed three top-place finishes, starting off with Perraults’ 200-yard backstroke performance, timing in at 2:03.89. Ellisalcaide then touched in at 50.90 to garner first in the 100-yard freestyle. Little continued the Wildcats’ success in the 200 breast, with a first-place time of 2:18.30, shaving off more than four seconds from her preliminary race.
To open up the day, Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) placed eighth in the 1650-yard free, touching in at 17:46.62.
In the final individual event for the Wildcats, Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) touched at 2:06.01 to earn a third-place tie in the 200-yard butterfly. On Saturday, Fowler, with a time of 4:28.15, earned a second-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley.
Also on Saturday, Wildcats Little and Perrault earned third and fourth, respectively, with times of 2:07.15 and 2:07.66, in the 200-yard IM. Elliscailade followed that event up with a top-place finish in the 50-yard free, touching in at 23.69. She also earned a sixth place finish in the 100-yard fly with a time of 57.80. In the same event, Sarah Kanellas (Lowell, Mass.) touched in at 58.10 to grab ninth.
Other highlights of the day include Wollenzien touching in at 1:54.80 to earn sixth in the 200-yard free. Also, in the 100-yard breast, Little, with at time of 1:04.82, was just .80 seconds short of the first place finisher and settled for second. In that same event Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) finished fourth, touching in at 1:05.36.
With the help of a quick start by Perrault with a 28-second first-leg split, the Wildcats 400-yard medley relay team garnered second place, touching at 3:52.07.
The Wildcats return to America East action at Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 6.