DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team placed first in nine events, capturing a 152-148 victory over the University of Vermont, in its first conference meet of the year on Sunday afternoon at Swasey Pool.
The Wildcats kicked off the afternoon in stellar fashion, as Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.), Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) and Mallory Morrell (Rush, N.Y.) led New Hampshire to a first place finish in the 200 yard medley relay, clocking in at 1 minute and 47.37 seconds.
However, Vermont was quick to the draw, capturing first place in the 1000 yard freestyle, the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke, to take the early lead over New Hampshire.
UNH would bounce back in the following event, as Nahin, Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.) took first, second and third place, respectively, in the 100 yard breaststroke. Nahin timed in at 1:05.03, while Little clocked in at 1:06.82 and Yuen finished with a time of 1:08.74.
Morrell and Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) would add to the mix in the 50 yard freestyle as they took first and second place, respectively. Morrell timed in at 24.02 and Reed finished with a time of 24.51.
New Hampshire was equally impressive in the 1 meter diving, as Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) notched nine points and captured first place after putting together a score of 221.55.
Midway through the action both squads would go neck and neck, first with UNH taking both first and second place in the 100 yard freestyle. Reed and Morrell led the way for the Wildcats as they timed in at 52.77 and 53.20, respectively.
The Catamounts responded notching first place finishes in two of the next three events, earning top honors in both the 200 yard backstroke and the 500 yard freestyle. However, UNH would not go down easily, as Little, Nahin and Casey Albert (Enfield, N.H.) claimed first, second and third place, respectively, in the 200 yard breaststroke. Little led the charge, blazing through the water with a time of 2:24.63, while Nahin and Albert clocked in at 2:26.74 and 2:28.11, respectively.
The Wildcats continued to add to their lead in the closing moments of the meet, taking first place in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard individual medley. Leading the way in the 100 yard butterfly was Reed, notching nine points with a time of 58.29. Gillespie wasn't too far behind her Wildcat teammate as she took third place with a time of 1:00.97.
As for the 200 yard individual medley, Little and Perrault took first and second place, respectively. Little timed in at 2:08.60 and Perrault clocked in at 2:09.55.
New Hampshire would preserve the victory in the afternoon's final event, as Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.), Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario), Morrell and Reed put Vermont away for good, notching a first place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3.33.77.
The Wildcats return to action on Jan. 18, at 12 p.m., when they play host to Northeastern and Boston University at Swasey Pool.