Women's Swimming & Diving Takes Over First Place after Day Two of AE Championships

ORONO, Maine – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving took control of first place after day two of competition after registering 225 on the day points at the America East Championships, held at the University of Maine.

Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) shattered three records in the 200 IM after parting the pool with a time of 2:00.42.

The first event of the finals was the 1-meter dive. Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) and Nikki Zahka (Medway, Mass.) were two of eight competitors in the final round of the event. Pelletier gained 15 points for the 'Cats as she dove to a fourth place finish with a score of 235.00. Zahka earned 11 points for UNH as she finished eighth with a score of 205.55.

Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.), Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) took second through fourth place in the next event, the 500 yard free. McCandless touched the wall with a time of 4:53.87, a three second improvement from her time in the preliminaries, while Morales shaved four seconds off her preliminary time of 5:00.93 and finished the finals at 4:56.15. Tribou finished the race just barely behind Morales with a time of 4:56.26. All three times posted earned them an ECAC-A spot.

In the 200 IM, Roberts blazed through the water en route to setting a trio of records, including a meet record, America East Conference record and a Stanley M. Wallace Pool record, touching the wall with a time of 2:00.42. The time also earned her an NCAA Consideration. Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) was right behind Roberts in second place after tallying an ECAC Qualifying time of 2:03.40 in the event. Wildcat Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) earned an additional 15 points for New Hampshire as she touched the wall to an ECAC Qualifying time of 2:03.94. Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) also notched an ECAC Qualifying time after touching the wall at 2:07.10.

Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) notched a fifth-place finish in the 50 free and gained 14 points for UNH with a time of 23.89. Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) added to the point total with a seventh-place finish, touching the wall at 24.01. Both times were ECAC Qualifying times.
In the final women's event of the day, the Wildcats swam to a second place finish in the 200 free relay, collectively racking up a time of 1:35.55, nearly a half second behind first place. Reed opened up the relay with the leadoff leg followed by Bull swimming the second leg. Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) swam the third part while Suffel anchored the team.

At the end of day two of competition, the Wildcats had taken over sole possession of first place, tallying a total of 331 points.

Saturday's events will consist of the 400 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 free, 100 breast, the 100 back and the 400 medley relay.

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