February 26, 2011

Women's Swimming and Diving Holds onto Second after Day Two at ECAC Championships

PITTSBURGH – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team placed first in four events and set an ECAC record, holding onto second place out of 34 teams with 397 points on day two of the 2011 ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Wildcats capped off the day with a record-breaking performance in the 800-yard free relay, as Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.), Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) and Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.) took first place in an ECAC record time of seven minutes and 28.31 seconds.  

UNH was just as successful in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in first place, as Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wis.), McCandless and Reed timed in at 1:42.97.

Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) gave the 'Cats a lift in the 400-yard IM, taking the top spot in the event with a time of 4:23.19. Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) chipped in with a sixth-place finish, clocking in at 4:29.94.

Perrault claimed first place in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 55.05, more than one second ahead of the second place finisher.

New Hampshire also had an impressive showing in the 200-yard free, as Reed (3rd; 1:50.30), Wollenzien (6th; 1:52.09) and Tribou (8th; 1:53.66) all finished in the top 10.

Additionally, the Wildcats notched a second and fifth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, as Nahin and Albert timed in 1:02.84 and 1:05.08, respectively.  

UNH returns to action for the final day of the ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., beginning with preliminaries at the University of Pittsburgh.
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