McCandless Sets New Pool Record, Women's Swimming & Diving Defeats Vermont, 171-129

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly, fueling the women's swimming & diving team to a 171-129 win at Swasey Pool Saturday afternoon.

Touching the wall at 2 minutes, 2.03 seconds in the sixth event of the meet, McCandless set the new record by .77 milliseconds, trumping Jenni Roberts' (Springvale, Maine) mark set against Rhode Island on Nov. 11, 2012.

The Wildcats placed first in 10 of the 17 events against the Catamounts. Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.), McCandless and Roberts all tallied first in two events.

UNH opened the meet, taking the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Germany), Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) compiled a time of 1:48.67.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Roberts (1:51.72) and Mann (1:56.17) placed first and third respectively. The 'Cats followed up the event, earning first and second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Mann earned a time of 1:06.49 while Christine Black (Amherst, N.H.) clocked in at 1:08.98.

Leading 79-53, Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) and Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia, Pa.) competed in the one-meter dive. Zahka logged a runner-up score of 224.32 while Bonus placed third, tallying a score of 215:08.

Roberts (2:04.47) and Mann (2:18.51) each tallied back-to-back top finishes in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke respectively.

UNH tallied its third consecutive first place finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Taking the top three spots, McCandless paced the 'Cats in the event, blazing through the water to earn a time of 5:03.61. McCandless was followed by Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.), clocking in at 5:09.46 and 5:11.65 respectively.

Returning to the boards in the three-meter dive, Zahka nearly placed first, recording a second place score if 228.07, .01 shy from the leader.

The Wildcats secured the win, taking the top three places in the 200-yard individual medley and placing second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Bull (2:06.68), Cooper (2:11.42) and Caspersen (2:11.99) powered the 'Cats in the 200-yard individual medley. The group of Roberts, Broderick, Bull and Emily Magnavita (South Glastonburg, Conn.) assembled a time 3:34.26 in the relay.

New Hampshire returns to the pool on Saturday, Oct. 26 to clash against Northeastern. The dual meet is set to begin at 12 p.m.

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