Women's Swimming & Diving Remains in First Place at AE Championships
ORONO, Maine – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team remained in first place with 571 points through day three of four of the America East Championships, held at the University of Maine.
New Hampshire started the preliminary round in dominant fashion, earning the top seed in the finals of four of the five events. Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) took the top spot in the 400-yard IM after touching the wall at 4:16.30, a new Stanley M. Wallace Pool record, and in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.63), also a pool record. Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) earned the fifth spot, coming in with a time of 4:26.47. Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) took the top two seeds in the 100 fly preliminaries. Roberts took the top spot with a time of 54.50 en route to shattering the pool record as Morales was right behind her at 56.05.
Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) took the top spot in the 200 free after blazing through the water to a time of 1:50.44. Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) recorded a third place finish with a time of 1:51.24 while Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) took the sixth spot after touching the wall at 1:52.79. Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) finished third and fourth in the 100 back. Cooper recorded a time of 56.43 while Anderson came in at 57.34.
The Wildcats swam to another first and second place finish as Tribou and Reed earned another 37 points in the 200 free finals. Tribou recorded a 1:50.03 time while Reed came in at 1:50.64. Magnavita earned an additional 13 points for New Hampshire after recording a time of 1:52.51.
Mann recorded another top-three finish in the 100 breast, coming in third place just .30 seconds behind first. She finished the event with a time of 1:03.20. Cooper and Anderson racked up 31 points for UNH in the 100 backstroke, taking third and fourth place in the event. Cooper registered a time of 56.74 as Anderson touched the wall at 57.30.
New Hampshire capped off the finals with a gold medal finish in the 400 medley relay. Roberts swam the lead off leg of the race while Mann sent second. Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) went third in the race while Reed anchored the relay. The team combined for a time of 3:44.75.
Through three days of competition, New Hampshire remained in first place, registering a 571 points.
The fourth and final day of competition will consist of the 1650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, 200 breast, the 200 fly and the 400 free relay.