Trio of Records Fall in Women’s Swimming & Diving Win Against Northeastern, 167-128
DURHAM, N.H. – Katie Mann (Prince Geogre, B.C.), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) all set new pool records, fueling a 167-128 University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving win over Northeastern at Swasey Pool Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats earned a first place finish in every swimming event and has won four consecutive dual meets, dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Roberts led the team with three first-place tallies while the 'Cats had four other swimmers registering two individual wins.
Roberts recorded her historical mark in the 200-yard IM, touching the wall at 2 minutes 4.53 seconds, trumping a 17-year mark set by then Oyster River High School and Stanford standout Jessica Tucker-Mohl. McCandless broke her own record that she set against Vermont (Oct. 19, 2013) in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 2:01.92 seconds. Mann improved her 2:18.17 record against Maine (Feb. 1, 2013), powering her way to a 2:18.10 time in the 200-yard breaststroke.
UNH opened the meet with in the 200-yard medley relay. Pacing the event, the quartet of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) and Mann compiled a time of 1:47.80.
McCandless followed up the opening win with a first-place tally of her own in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Touching the wall at 10:20.52, McCandless' time eclipsed the next closest time by 11.34 seconds.
Jenna Bull (Woodstock New Brunswick) tallied a pair of first place finishes, logging times of 1:52.18 and 2:04.05 in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke respectively.
Participating in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, Broderick matched Bull's total in victories, jetting through the water with marks of 24.41 and 53.25.
Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) earned a personal best in both the one and three-meter dives, posting scores of 247.20 and 250.40, placing third and second respectively. Also setting a career-best, Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted a fourth-place finish in the one-meter board, tallying a score of 234.45.
New Hampshire capped off the meet in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Emily Magnavita (South Glastonburg, Conn.), Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark), Bull and Roberts were the leading group, combining for a time of 3:48.70.
UNH returns to the water on the road, taking on Bryant and Central Connecticut. The tri meet against the Bulldogs and Blue Devils is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. New Hampshire's next home meet will be Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. against Yale.