October 16, 2010

WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING TOPPLES SIENA, 176.6-73.5

DURHAM, N.H. - Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) finished first in three events and led the Wildcats to a top-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, as the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team finished first in all 12 events, earning a 176.6-73.5 victory over Siena College at Swasey Pool on Saturday afternoon.

"We are off to a great start," said UNH head coach Josh Willman. "We are in the middle of some very difficult training and today was the first time most of the women have raced in months, so we are really pleased with today's results. Our divers performed real well also and we are all looking forward to tomorrow."

Perrault along with Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.), Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) kicked off the afternoon ripping through the water to take first place in the 200-yard medley relay.

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 58.34 and 2:04.73, respectively.  The 'Cats also claimed second place in both events, with Little taking the spot in the 100-yard back (1:00.92) and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) following suit in the 200-yard back (2:08.82). Perrault also claimed first place in the 100 fly.

New Hampshire kept up the pace in the 1000-yard freestyle, as Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) and Whitney Powers (Bedford, N.H.) took first and second place, respectively. Wollenzien claimed the top spot with a time of 10:32.86, while Powers touched in at 10:55.53.

The Wildcats got a lift from their freshmen in the 200-yard freestyle, as Bull was at it again, taking first place in a time of 1:55.29. Bernadette Byrne (Braintree, Mass.) and Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Pa.) followed up with third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Byrne timed in at 2:00.75, while Keefer finished in 2:02.14.

The 'Cats claimed the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Nahin taking first (1:06.90), Casey Albert (Enfield, N.H) notching second (1:07.54), and Lizzy Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) rounding out the event with third place (1:08.36).

McCandless and Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.) tallied first and second place in the 200-yard butterfly, with times of 2:06.54 and 2:12.34, respectively.

Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) gave New Hampshire a late push, claiming first place in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.27) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.01). Anna Gryglewska (Norwalk, Conn.) chipped in with a second place finish in the 50-yard free, touching in at 25.27.

New Hampshire was also quite productive in the dive, as Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) and Lauren Barton (Sanford, Fla.) took the top two spots in the 1-meter dive with scores of 216:67 and 206.77, respectively.

The 'Cats rounded out the meet in convincing fashion, as Little, Magnavita, and Albert earned the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke. Little led the trio, timing in at 2:22.43, while Magnavita and Albert finished with times of 2:28.37 and 2:28.41, respectively.

The Wildcats finished strong with McCandless and Tribou teaming up once again, earning first and second place in the 500-yard freestyle. MaCandless took the top spot with a time of 5:03.69, while Tribou claimed second in 5:12.73.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. when they wrap up "Family Weekend" against Wagner College at Swasey Pool.
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