February 3, 2010

WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING TOPPLES DARTMOUTH, 173-127

HANOVER, N.H. - Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) finished first in two events and led the Wildcats to a pair of top-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team to a 173-127 victory over intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Karl Michael Pool on Wednesday evening.

Perrault along with Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.), Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) and Mallory Morrell (Rush, N.Y.) kicked off the evening ripping through the water in a pool record time of 1 minute and 47.32 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay.

Perrault also chipped in with Morrell, Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) and Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) to earn first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.98.

Individually, Perrault rounded out her impressive outing with a pair of first place finishes in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke, with times of 57.79 and 2:07.33, respectively.

After setting off the evening in record setting fashion, New Hampshire continued to make a strong showing in the early going, claiming first place in the next four events. Jessica Perry (Middleboro, Mass.) and Casey Albert (Enfield, N.H.) helped start things off for the ‘Cats notching first (10:54.05) and second place (10:58.21), respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle.

Wollenzien helped UNH keep pace in the 200-yard free, as she blazed through the water for a first place finish, timing in at 1:57.40. Meagan Wengrove (Arvada, Colo.) took fifth place in the event, clocking in at 2:02.46.

In addition to helping lead the ‘Cats to a pool record in the 200-yard medley relay, Reed claimed a first place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, as well as a second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

Reed took the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.83, while Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) took third place, clocking in at 1:00.14. Reed also claimed first in the 100-yard free with a time of 53.22 and was closely followed by Morrell, who took second place clocking in at 53.40. The pair was at it again in the 50-yard free as Morrell (24.04) notched first place and Reed (24.62) took second place in the event.

Nahin and Little teamed up to give the Wildcats a huge boost in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, taking top honors in each event. Nahin notched a first place finish in the 100 with a time of 1:05.36, while Little took second place, clocking in at 1:07.33. As for the 200, Little notched first place with a time of 2:23.18 and Nahin claimed second place timing in at 2:26.49.

Nahin also added a first place finish in the 200-yard IM, as she was more than two seconds ahead of Dartmouth's second place finisher, timing in at 2:12.98.

The Wildcats will begin the America East Championships on Thursday, Feb. 25. All events will take place at Boston University's Aquatic Center.

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