Three Records Fall as Women’s Swimming & Diving Defeats Rhode Island, 170-122
KINGSTON, R.I. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team shattered three University of Rhode Island pool records, including a 21 year old 400-medley relay record set by Norte Dame, Saturday afternoon as the squad defeated URI, 170-122. The meet was held at Tootell Aquatics Center in Kingston, R.I.
The Wildcats started the meet by setting the new record in the 400 medley relay, taking first with a time of 3:52.29. Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) led the relay while Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) swam in the second and third spots. Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) swam the anchor leg of the relay. The win gave the Wildcats 11 points to start the meet.
URI closed the gap in the second event, the 1,000 yard freestyle, as Jenna Kirchoff took first place for the Rams with a time of 10:39.23. Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) and Lauren Marsden (Washington, D.C.) were right behind her in second and third place, respectively. Anderson completed the event with a time of 10:48.21 while Marsden clocked in at 10:54.31. Rhode Island claimed victory in the third event, the 200 freestyle, but Bull (1:52.84) and Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) (1:56.57) finished second and third in the event.
New Hampshire claimed first place in the next three events as Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Mann and Roberts each claimed first place. Cooper broke the one-minute barrier in the 100 backstroke as she clocked in with a time of 59.28 for nine points. Mann claimed victory in the 100 breaststroke, edging the competition with a time of 1:05.22.
Roberts earned her second pool record of the day and first individual in the 200 butterfly as she touched the wall to a time of 2:01.33. McCandless was right behind her in second place with a time of 2:03.66. Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) took second place in the seventh event, the 50 free. She came in with a time of 24.82, right behind the first place mark of 24.49.
Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) swept the one and three-meter dives with gold medal performances of 214.34 in the one meter and 224.99 in the three meter. Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia, Pa.) took third in the one meter (197.76) and second in the three meter (211.27).
The Wildcats fell in the ninth event, the 100 free, but took first through third in the 200 backstroke. Roberts claimed first with a time of 2:06.92 while Cooper placed second with a time of 2:08.48. Emily Giambastini (Walnut Creek, Calif.) placed third in the event as she clocked in with a time of 2:13.42.
Mann shattered her second record of the day and first individual in the 11th event with a victory in the 200 breast. She touched the wall with a time of 2:17.25 to earn another nine points. Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) was close behind in second place with a time of 2:23.88. McCandless picked up another victory in event 12, the grueling 500 free. She came in with a time of 5:05.10. Bull came in second with a time of 5:09.87 while Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished third to a result of 5:13.44.
Roberts secured her fourth gold medal performance of the meet in the 100 fly, clocking in at 56.08. Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished second with a time of 58.33. Bull (2:06.22), Caspersen (2:11.42) and Allison Morales (2:11.72) claimed the top podium spots in order in the 15th event, the 200 individual medley. The Wildcats capped off the meet with a gold medal performance in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:49.58. Anderson led the race off while Bernadette Byrne (Braintree, Mass.) and Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) swan the second and third legs. Kathryn Violette (Portland, Maine) anchored the relay.
The Wildcats will return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 22 as they compete in the three-day Terrier Invitational at the Boston University Aquatic Center in Boston, Mass. For more information on the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team, be sure to visit www.UNHWildcats.com.