Women's Swimming and Diving Knocks off Maine, 126-90

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team broke a pair of pool records and claimed first place in every event on its way to earning a 126-90 victory over the University of Maine Friday night at Swasey Pool.

The win is UNH's second in as many meets, as the Wildcats round out the regular season with a 7-1 record. The win also marks the last regular season contest for seniors Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine), Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wis.), Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Jessica Perry (Middleboro, Mass.), Whitney Powers (Bedford, N.H.) and Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario).

Perrault notched the first pool record of the day for New Hampshire, claiming first place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of two minutes and 1.26 seconds. Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) followed up with a record-breaking performance of her own in the 200-yard breaststroke, notching the pool record in 2:18.47.

The Wildcats kicked off the night with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, as Little, Nahin, Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) and Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) touched down at 1:49.60.

UNH kept up its strong start, taking the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle, as Wollenzien (1:53.63), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.; 1:56.65) and Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.; 1:57.42) finished first, second and third, respectively.

Gillespie helped keep up the pace, taking the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 25.36. Reed (2:10.92) and Nahin (2:13.04) followed up claiming first and second place in the 200-yard IM, respectively.

The Wildcats notched first and second place finishes in three of the next four events, helping the home team build a sizable advantage midway through the action. McCandless and Bull ignited the stretch, finishing first (58.94) and second (59.54) in the 100-yard butterfly, respectively.

The 'Cats followed up earning the top two spots in the 100-yard freestyle, as Perrault took first place with a time of 52.91 and Wollenzien claimed second place clocking in at 53.63. In the ensuing event, Bull raced to a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.77. Little was close behind her teammate, notching second place with a time of 1:01.04. 

During UNH's streak of first and second place finishes, Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) notched the top spot in the one-meter dive with a score of 251.62.

New Hampshire got a huge lift late in the action, as Reed, Tribou and Perry took the top three spots in the 500-yard freestyle. Reed led the way, clocking in at 5:09.03, while Tribou and Perry finished in 5:11.97 and 5:21.05, respectively.

The Wildcats will begin the America East Championships on Thursday, Feb. 17. All events will take place at Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds, Md.

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