November 10, 2012

Women’s Swimming and Diving Cruises Past Rhode Island, 161-121

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) captured three individual events and was part of two pool records to lead the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team past Rhode Island, 161-121, Saturday afternoon at Swasey Pool.

New Hampshire won all 16 events on the day and move to 6-0 overall to remain undefeated this season.

Roberts set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly as she claimed first place in a winning time of 2:02.80. She also claimed the top spot in the 100-yard free (53:05) and 100-yard butterfly (56.78).

The Wildcats' 400-yard medley relay team of Roberts, sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.), junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and senior Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) set a pool record in the first event of the day with a first-place time of 3:53.46.

Mann also cruised to a trio of first-place finishes as she claimed the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.74), 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.71) and 200-yard IM (2:06.54).

Reed picked up a pair of top finishes in the 200-yard free and 50-yard free as she touched the wall in winning times of 1:53.56 and 24.81, respectively.

Junior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) gave the Wildcats a boost with a pair of victories in the 100-yard back (58:49) and 500-yard free (5:05.63).

In a break from swimming, senior Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) came up victorious in the one-meter dive with a winning score of 241.12, while sophomore Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) claimed first-place in the three-meter event with a score of 232.57. Zahka also claimed second place in the one-meter event with a score of 210.81.

Sophomore Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) took care of her end in the 1000-yard free as she captured first-place in a time of 10:29.91. Fellow sophomore Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) came up first in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:08.46, while Morales also added a runner-up finish in the event in a time of 2:09.81. Cooper contributed a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke as she touched the wall in a time of 59.43.

The Wildcats' 400-yard free relay team of Reed, sophomore Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), sophomore Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Bull took first-place with a time of 3:36.03 to round out the sweep of top finishes.

McCandless added a pair of runner-up performances in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.63) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.63).

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 30 when they take part in the Brown Invitational at the Coleman Aquatic Center in Providence, R.I.

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