CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.), a freshman on the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team, was honored as the America East Swimmer of the Week by the conference Tuesday afternoon.

McCandless led UNH to a pair of convincing victories at home against Siena College (176.5-73.5) and Wagner College (120-80), as the Wildcats took first place in every event over the weekend. Along the way the freshman broke a 15-year-old pool record in the 1000-yard freestyle against Wagner, breaking the record by almost two seconds with a time of 10 minutes and 18.08 seconds.

Aside from her record-breaking performance, McCandless also took first place in the 100-yard butterfly (59.59), 200-yard butterfly (2:06.54), and the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.69). She was also part of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team against Siena.

McCandless and the Wildcats return to action Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. when they to travel to Central Connecticut State to take on the Blue Devils at Jack Suydam Natatorium.

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