January 30, 2014

Maine Awaits Women's Swimming & Diving for America East Battle (Jan. 31, 5 p.m.)

2013-14 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team returns to the pool in its last dual meet of the season, visiting the University of Maine Black Bears for an America East clash on Friday, Jan. 31 (5 p.m.) at Stanley M. Wallace Pool.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats were handed its first dual meet loss of the season as the Yale University Bulldogs rallied to top New Hampshire 156.5-143.5 on Friday, Jan. 24. 

Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) was part of three pool-record performances with two first-place finishes and a pair of runner-up finishes to highlight UNH. Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark), Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) all placed first in an individual event as well. 

New Hampshire also captured top finishes in the 400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Bull, Mann, Roberts and Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) compiled a Swasey Pool-best 3 minutes, 50.30 seconds in the 400-yard medley relay. The group of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) prevailed in a nail-biter finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, clocking in at 1:38.06. 

SCOUTING MAINE: The Black Bears return to Orono after placing sixth at the Dartmouth Invitational with 249 points. Senior diver Kara Capossela highlights the Black Bears. The diver ranks second in the conference in both the one- and three-meter dives with marks of 255.15 and 257.95 respectively. In the lanes, Lauren Dwyer (sprint freestyle), Kailey Dowd (distance freestyle), Shannon Bender (backstroke), Naja Harvey (breaststroke) and Erica Smrcina (butterfly) are the individuals to look out for in their specific events.

EARNING THE RANK: In the latest Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll, New Hampshire ranked 12th amongst all non-BCS institutions, the highest ranking UNH has recieved this season. The Wildcats are also the lone America East school featured in the top 25.   

WEEKLY ACCOLADES: Four different UNH swimmers have garnered weekly honors from the conference during the 2013-14 campaign. Bull, McCandless, Roberts and Cooper have all claimed America East Swimmer of the Week honors. Roberts is the lone repeat conference Swimmer of the Week, recently garnering the award on Jan. 28. Furthermore, the senior was tabbed the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 29. It marked the first weekly national award that UNH has received in program history. On the boards, junior diver Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) has been named America East Diver of the Week twice this season. Here is the complete list of award winners for the 2013-14 season: 

Date

Name

Award

Oct. 15, 2013

Jenna Bull

America East Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 15, 2013

Nicole Zahka

America East Diver of the Week

Oct. 22, 2013

Lauren McCandless  

America East Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 29, 2013

Jenni Roberts

America East Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 29, 2013

Nicole Zahka

America East Diver of the Week

Nov. 26, 2013

Oneida Cooper

America East Swimmer of the Week

Jan. 28, 2014

Jenni Roberts

America East Swimmer of the Week

Jan. 29, 2014

Jenni Roberts

Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com
Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week

BROKEN RECORDS: The UNH swimming & diving team have snapped a myriad of records this season. McCandless claimed a Swasey Pool record against Vermont on Oct. 19 in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:02.03 seconds. In the ensuing meet against Northeastern (Oct. 26), a trio of Swasey Pool records fell to current members of the Wildcats. 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 Oyster River High School and Stanford standout Jessica Tucker-Mohl. McCandless broke her own record that she set against Vermont (Oct. 19) 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. Roberts rewrote two individual records at Jack Suydam Natatorium in a tri-meet against Central Connecticut and Bryant (Nov. 2). The senior set marks in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.41 seconds) and 400-yard individual medley (4:22.62). In addition, Roberts was a part of the record setting quartet of Bull, Mann and McCandless in the 400-yard medley relay, clocking in at 3:54.85. Mann set a new pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.65 at Dartmouth on Jan. 17. The ’Cats rewrote three of its own pool records their final home meet of the dual meet season against Yale (Jan. 24). New Hampshire kicked off the meet by setting a record in the 400-yard medley relay. The squad consisted of Bull, Mann, Roberts and Morales, constructing a mark of 3:50.30. McCandless, the pool record holder in the 200-yard butterfly, improved her best time. The senior trimmed off a hundredth of a second off her previous mark, touching the wall at 2:01.91. Roberts improved her 200-yard IM record as well as the senior led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.37.

AMERICA EAST ELITE: UNH swimmers occupy the top rank amongst America East swimmers in numerous events this season. Here is the breakdown and times in which New Hampshire swimmers pace in each event:

Event

Name

Time

200-Yard Freestyle

Jenni Roberts

1:50.75

500-Yard Freestyle

Oneida Cooper

4:53.70

1,000-Yard Freestyle

Lauren McCandless  

10:14.18

50-Yard Backstroke

Oneida Cooper

27.17

100-Yard Backstroke

Jenni Roberts

56.25

200-Yard Breaststroke

Katie Mann

2:16.65

100-Yard Butterfly

Jenni Roberts

56.05

 

Oneida Cooper

56.05
200-Yard Butterfly

Lauren McCandless

2:00.13
200-Yard IM

Jenni Roberts

2:02.92
400-Yard IM

Katie Mann

4:18.88
400-Yard Medley Relay

Oneida Cooper
Katie Mann
Lauren McCandless
Jenni Roberts

3:49.81

 

THE WILLMAN FILE: A 1984 graduate of the University of Miami (FL), head coach Josh Willman began his coaching career just after graduation at the YMCA and U.S.A. Swimming level. Willman entered the collegiate coaching arena as the assistant coach for New Hampshire in 1991 taking over the program the following season when he earned his first coaching honor as the Men's Coach of the Year. Since then, New Hampshire's success has not gone unnoticed, as Willman has become the America East Conference's most highly decorated coach. He has been selected America East Coach of the Year 12 times in the past 20 years (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and ECAC Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2011 and 2013).

WILLMAN VS. MAINE: The Black Bears have yet to defeat the Wildcats with Willman at the helm, dating back to the 1992-93 season.  

DUE NEXT: The Wildcats will enter postseason competition at the America East Championships starting Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center. For the latest news and information on the UNH women's swimming & diving team, log onto www.unhwildcats.com.

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