DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving squad will wrap up the regular season on Friday as they host the University of Maine at 5 p.m. A link to live video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The meet will start off with the honoring of the senior crew, including diver Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.), and swimmers Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Jane Tighe (Windham, N.H.) and Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.).
Event 1........... 200 Medley Relay
Event 2........... 1000 Free
Event 3........... 200 Free
Event 4........... 100 Back
Event 5........... 100 Breast
Event 6........... 200 Fly
Event 7........... 50 Free
Event 8........... 1m Diving
Event 9........... 100 Free
Event 10........... 200 Back
Event 11........... 200 Breast
Event 12........... 500 Free
Event 13........... 100 Fly
Event 14........... 3m Diving
Event 15........... 200 IM
Event 16………………….....200 Free Relay
WEEKLY HONORS: Three different Wildcats have taken home individual weekly conference honors a total of five times this season. Pelletier took home the first honor as America East Women's Diver of the Week (Oct. 16), followed by a pair of consecutive Swimmer of the Week wins by Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) (Oct. 23, Oct. 30). Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) was the next student-athlete to be honored as Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 13) while Roberts was most recently honored for her third award of the season (Jan. 22).
MAKING THE CUT: Katie Mann achieved an NCAA provisional mark in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Brown Invitational on Dec. 2. She blazed through the water and finished with a time of 2:14.63.
TOP TIMES: Multiple Wildcats have had tremendous success in the pool this season. In total, New Hampshire swimmers own the top-conference times in 11 events. Sydney Tribou holds the top times in the 100 free (52.12) and the 500 free (4:57.67). Jenni Roberts is the owner of the top performances in the 200 free (1:50.67), the 100 back (57.15), the 200 back (2:02.81), the 100 fly (55.74), the 200 fly (2:02.05) and the 200 IM (2:03.18). Katie Mann is tops in a trio of events, including the 100 breast (1:04.81), the 200 breast (2:14.63) and in the 400 IM (4:22.58).
ALL AROUND THE WORLD: UNH swimmers come to the Wildcats from all around the globe. Nicole Anderson (Dover) and Jane Tighe (Windham) hail from the Granite State, while Bernadette Byrne (Braintree) and Nicole Zahka (Medway) come from Massachusetts. Jenni Roberts (Springvale) and Kathryn Violette (Portland) are from Maine while Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury) and Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford) are from Connecticut. Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie) each hail from Pennsylvania as Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Virginia) and Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Florida) are the lone representatives of their states. A trio of student athletes came to N.H. from the opposite side of the country in California. The Morales sisters, Adria and Allison, hail from Santa Clarita while Shelli Reed comes from Hollister.
Outside of the United States, Jenna Bull, Katie Manna and Megan Suffel all come from Canada. Bull from Woodstock, New Brunswick, Mann from Prince George, British Columbia and Suffel from Cornwall, Ontario. Bettina Caspersen came to New Hamphire from Lyngby, Denmark as Oneida Cooper arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa.
THE WILLMAN FILE: Head coach Josh Willman has become the America East Conference's most highly honored coach. He has been selected America East Coach of the Year 11 times in the past 18 years (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and ECAC Coach of the Year twice (2003 and 2011). New Hampshire swimmers are the most highly decorated athletes in the America East, winning 33 major conference awards including 21 Swimmers of the Year (16 America East and 5 ECAC), six America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, four Rookie of the Year and two Senior High Point Coaches awards. During Willman's tenure, 334 swimmers have been crowned America East Champions and 98 have been named ECAC Champions. In total, Wildcat swimmers have broken over 224 school records, 75 America East records and 17 ECAC records.
COACHING CREW: The UNH swimming and diving coaching staff consists of four personnel. Head coach Josh Willman (Miami '84) is in his 20th season at the helm of the squad while associate head coach Jarrod Zwirko (New Hampshire '04) is in his fifth season with the program. Diving coach Carol Stevenson (Connecticut '82) returned to the Wildcats for her second stint with the team while her first tenure was from 2001-07. Volunteer assistant Jared Felker (Virginia '00) is in his second season with the team and works primarily with the sprint and stroke groups.
For more information on the swimming & diving program, be sure to visit www.UNHWildcats.com.