Women's Swimming & Diving Races Past Maine, 193-100

DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore swimmer Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) broke a Swasey Pool record in the 200 breaststroke en route to a 193-100 victory by the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team on senior day.

The Wildcats wrap up the regular season with a 7-2 record.

New Hampshire opened up the meet with victories in the first four events. The 200-yard medley relay squad, consisting of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Mann, Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), opened the meet up with a first place time of 1:48.60. Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) recorded a dominant finish in the grueling 1000 free, finishing 12 seconds ahead of second place with a time of 10:33.62.

Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) recorded a gold in the 200 free (1:53.45) while Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) followed up with a first-place finish in the 100 back (57.87).

Maine's Naja Harvey gave the Black Bears their first and only victory of the meet as she touched the wall first in the 100 back, recording a time of 1:05.71. 

Roberts took first in the next event, the 200 fly (2:02.86) while Reed recorded a gold in the 50 free with a time of 24.71.

Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) won both of the diving events, starting with a score of 277.35 in the 1-meter dive. She would also win the 3-meter dive with a 271.42 point total.

In the ninth event, Roberts recorded another victory as she took gold in the 100 free with a time of 52.37. Cooper earned her second first-place finish of the night in event 10 as she sped through the water in the 200 back, registering a time of 2:07.96.

Mann followed up with her record breaking performance in the 200 breast, touching the wall with a time of 2:18.17, more than eight seconds ahead of the second place time. Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) notched a first-place time of 5:10.01 in the 500 free in event 12, followed by McCandless' next victory in the 100 fly (56.86).

In the second-to-last event of the meet, Reed recorded a first place exhibition finish in the 200 IM, touching the wall at 2:08.95. The 'Cats capped off the meet with another first place exhibition finish in the 200 free relay. Roberts, Reed, Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) and Bull tallied a time of 1:38.79 in the event.

The Wildcats will return to the pool Thursday, Feb. 14 in the first day of the America East Conference Championships. The four-day event will be held at the University of Maine.

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