Women’s Swimming & Diving Tags Five Members on AE All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team had five of its student-athletes named to the 2013-14 America East Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team, announced by the conference Wednesday.

New Hampshire garnered the most swimmers and divers on the All-Academic Team amongst conference members. Each nominee must be in sophomore standing academically, have compiled a minimum 3.3 grade point average and have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's meets during the 2013-14 season.

Junior Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) touts the highest GPA on the squad with a 3.72 and collects her second consecutive All-Academic mention in her collegiate career. The English literature major has earned a spot on the Dean's List every semester and is a member of the UNH Honors Program. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Academic Dean's Scholarship and is a founding member of the UNH Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society. In the pool this season, Anderson has collected a myriad of medals, including a silver in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.63 seconds at the conference championships.

Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) earned a 3.55 GPA in general studies and earns her first-ever All-Academic award. She is an active organizer at the Nordic Study Abroad Conference (2014), environmental advocate for Congreve Hall (2012-13) and a member of S.I.G.N.A.L. Caspersen set a new meet record and NCAA provisional cut for New Hampshire in the 200-yard breaststroke at the America East Championships, clocking in at 2:13.56. Overall, she captured nine victories, including three in the 100-yard breaststroke, three in the 200-yard breast, two in the 200-yard medley relay and one in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Caspersen was one of the six members of UNH to compete at this year's ECAC Championships.   

A four-time America East Swimmer of the Week and recipient of the Phillip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week (Feb. 19), junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) has been named to the Dean's List every semester and boasts a 3.60 GPA. The 2013 ECAC Swimmer of the Year has compiled another stellar year for the Wildcats. The English major set three conference records in the 200- (1:59.12) and 400-yard individual medley (4:12.91) as well as a member of the record breaking quartet in the 400 medley relay (3:41.88) at the America East Championships. Furthermore, Mann rewrote the program record in the 100- and 200 yard breaststroke, notching a split time of 1:02.17 and a NCAA provisional standard of 2:10.30, ranking her 19th nationally in Division I. She trumped her personal best time in the 400-yard IM at the ECAC Championships. Mann powered through the water to touch the wall at 4:09.40, ranking the junior 23rd in Division I. Mann will compete at the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships for a second consecutive year.  

Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) is a celluar/molecular biology major and touts a 3.66 GPA. Inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society in 2013, McCandless was tabbed as the conference Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's swimming & diving in 2012. The two-time recipient of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, is also the only four-time winner in the 1,650-yard freestyle in conference history and is the record holder with a time of 16:35.97 (2011). Furthermore, McCandless was a member of the leading quartet in the 800-yard freestyle at the conference championships, shattering the AE mark by over 10 seconds with a time of 7:21.47. In her four years with the Wildcats, she racked up the most points among league swimmers (215) and earned the inaugural David Alexander Coaches' Award. McCandless was one of the six members from UNH to compete at this year's ECAC Championships.

Junior diver Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.), majoring in business, is a three-time mention on the Dean's List. The two-time America East Diver of the Week notched first-place finishes in the three-meter dive against the University of Rhode Island (224.99), Bryant University (232.70) and Central Connecticut State University (232.70) and the one-meter dive versus URI (222.60). 

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