Women's Swimming & Diving Upends Maine, 170-122
ORONO, Maine – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team prevailed over the University of Maine, 170-122, in its last dual meet of the season at Stanley M. Wallace Pool Friday evening.
New Hampshire placed first in 11 of 16 events, which included six 1-2-3 finishes. Seniors Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) both placed first in two individual events and a relay.
On the boards, Kelsey Fachini (East Hampton, Conn.) led the Wildcats in the one-meter dive with a runner-up score of 212.03 points. Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) also notched a second place in the three-meter diver to post a score of 231.75.
UNH started the meet in the 200-yard medley relay. The group of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) placed second in the event to clock in at 1 minute, 49.50 seconds.
Senior Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) earned the first top finish for the Wildcats in the 1,000-yard freestyle to earn a mark of 10:38.06.
New Hampshire followed the event by capturing the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle. Leading the way, Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) touched the wall at 1:55.38. She was followed by McCandless (1:56.37) and Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C., 1:56.69).
The Wildcats again finished 1-2-3 in the 100-yard backstroke. Broderick tallied the lone time under a minute with a mark of 59.80. Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Emily Giambastini (Walnut Creek, Calif.) followed the freshman with times of 1:00.95 and 1:02.72 respectively.
Roberts continued her winning ways in the 200-yard butterfly. The senior and reigning Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week, compiled a time of 2:02.61. Bull (2:05.46) and Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif., 2:09.21) finished behind the senior in sequence.
Bull notched a top finish in the 50-yard freestyle, blazing through the water to record a time of 25.18. Cooper (25.42) and Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn., 25.42) proceeded Bull in the sprint event.
Mann and Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) earned the top two spots in the 200-yard backstroke. Mann led the event to clock in at 2:07.26. Anderson preceded her teammate with a time of 2:10.37.
Caspersen headlined the 200-yard breaststroke event. The sophomore was able to construct a time of 2:21.55 to finish first. Freshman Sarah Olver's (Milwaukee, Wis.) mark of 2:26.08 was good for third in the event.
Roberts notched her second top finish in the 500-yard freestyle, compiling 5:02.46. Mann and Broderick finished behind Roberts to clock in at 5:09.27 and 5:12.23 respectively.
A double winner as well, Bull notched another first place victory in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 56.69. Cooper joined the myriad of headline finishes in the 200-yard IM to register a time of 2:08.33.
New Hampshire capped off the meet with the best time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The winning quartet of Roberts, Broderick, Suffel and Bull paced the final event with a time of 1:37.54.
The Wildcats are set to defend their conference title 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, please visit www.unhwildcats.com.