DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving program held its annual awards banquet on Saturday, April 6 at the Sheraton Inn in Portsmouth, N.H.
Among the honorees at the banquet were the four seniors, including Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.), Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Jane Tighe (Windham, N.H.) and Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.). The four were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the program through their careers.
Sophomore transfer Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) led off the awards as she was tabbed the team's Rookie of the Year. Morales posted 16 individual and relay top-five finishes throughout the season. Against ACC member Boston College (Oct. 13), Morales swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay, helping earn a first-place finish in the event.
Earning the Most Improved Award was junior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick). Bull recorded six first place finishes over the season, including five individual. At the America East Championships, Bull took the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.33) and swam the anchor leg of the record-setting 800 freestyle relay squad (7:17.68), also at the conference championships.
Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) each took home a share of the Most Valuable Swimmer Award. The duo enjoyed great success in the 2012-13 season, including qualifying for and competing in the NCAA Division I National Championships.
Roberts recorded a total of 27 top finishes, 22 of which were individual. She was a part of 11 record-breaking performances in the championships and was named the Swimmer of the Year at the meet. At the ECAC Championships, Roberts shattered three ECAC records en route to being named Co-Swimmer of the Meet.
Mann swam to first-place finishes in 23 events through the course of the season, including 17 individual. At the America East Championships, Mann was a part of six record-breaking swims and four gold medal performances. At the ECAC Championships, Mann shared the ECAC Co-Swimmer of the Meet honor with Roberts and also took ownership of two ECAC records.
The Coaches Award, presented to an upperclassman that exemplifies the best of UNH swimming and diving, was bestowed upon Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.). McCandless earned gold medals in 13 events, 10 of which were individual. At the AE Championships, the junior earned her second-consecutive title in the 1650 free while setting a pool record in the process (16:48.10).
Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) was honored as the recipient of the Richard J. Hegerich Memorial Golden Goggle Award, similar to the 'Seventh Player Award'. The memorial award is given in honor of former New Hampshire swimmer Rich Heherich, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2004. It recognizes an upper classman whose hard work, dedication and thriving spirit make them such an integral part of the team.
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