BOSTON – The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team won three events and finished the evening in second place after day one of Boston University's Terrier Invitation, Friday night at Boston University Aquatic Center.
The Wildcats scored 213 total points on day one of the competition, but sit behind Boston University (462), Boston College (394.5) the University of Massachusetts (367), and the University of Vermont (256.5) in the standings.
The Wildcats started off the night with a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine), Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark), and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) finished with a time of 1:36.08, just 0.14 seconds behind second place Massachusetts and 0.71 seconds behind first place Vermont.
UNH continued its impressive swimming with the top-two finishes in the 500-yard freestyle event. Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) placed first in the event with a 4:53.70 time, while teammate Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) finished just 0.19 seconds behind her for second.
The Wildcats placed three more in the 200-yard individual medley. Roberts took first place in the event with a 2:02.92 time, while teammates Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) (2:04.27) and Bull earned third (2:05.65) and fourth place, respectively.
Broderick and Caspersen also earned points for the Wildcats in the 50-yard freestyle event. Broderick took ninth place with a career-best time of 24.21 seconds and Caspersen captured 16th in 24.83 seconds.
UNH rounded out the evening with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay event. The team of Cooper, Mann, McCandless, and Roberts finished with a time of 3:49.81, 1.43 seconds faster than second-placed UVM, to capture the victory in the event. The Wildcats' "B" relay squad of Bull, Caspersen, Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.), and Broderick also earned points with a seventh place result (3:56.11) in the event.
The Wildcats continue competition in the BU Terrier Invitational Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. For more information on the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team, be sure to visit www.unhwildcats.com.