Women's Swimming & Diving Picked Third in America East Preseason Poll

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team was selected third in the 2011-12 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.

The Wildcats finished with a total of 26 points. After reclaiming the conference championship last season, UMBC received five first-place votes and 35 total points, taking the top spot in the poll. Boston University, which has been crowned league champion in two of the last three years, received two first-place votes, garnering the second spot in the poll with 32 points.

Vermont and Binghamton finished right behind UNH with 18 points, tying for fourth place. Stony Brook (11) and Maine (7) were selected sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Wildcats capped off last year in convincing fashion, winning the ECAC Championships for the first time since 2005 and earning a third-place finish at the America East Championships just the week before.

New Hampshire claimed first place at the ECAC Championships with 611 points, while taking home Coaching Staff of the Meet honors. UNH totaled 11 ECAC winners, as the 'Cats broke five school and ECAC records, while also qualifying for NCAA provisional time standards in five swims.

The Wildcats were just as stellar at the conference championships, breaking 11 school and nine conference records, while also qualifying for NCAA provisional time standards in eight swims. In addition, UNH earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the second straight season, taking home the honor for the 11th time in Josh Willman's 19-year tenure as New Hampshire's head coach.

UNH opens its season on the road against Siena Oct. 15 (12 p.m.) at the Siena Swim Center.
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