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PORTSMOUTH, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team recently held its annual awards banquet at the Sheraton Inn in Portsmouth. The evening highlighted the team’s 2006-2007 season accomplishments.
        Individuals recognized for exceptional seasons included Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) as Rookie of the Year. Fowler was a three-time finalist at the America East Championships and was runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley and 200 butterfly.



<    BOSTON, Mass.-  Back-to-back defending America Each Champions, the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team placed third at the 2007 America East Championships held at Boston University Feb. 8-11. The Wildcats finished with 596 total points, behind first-place UMBC (719 points) and host school Boston University (616 points).
    Junior Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine), with three first-place finishes on the final day, propelled the Wildcats into the top three.


DURHAM, N.H. — After winning back-to-back America East Championships, the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team will look for the three-peat when the conference championships begin Feb. 8 on the campus of Boston University.
    UNH grabbed a share of the top spot in the America East preseason poll, being picked along with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County as favorites to win the conference championship. Since then, the Wildcats have posted a 4-5 record, including 2-2 in the conference. All of that is out the window now as the ‘Cats are in familiar territory, preparing to take home another championship.
   The Wildcats have a few weapons to help make that happen, including junior Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine), who returned to help lead the ‘Cats this year after being named the conference’s Most Outstanding Swimmer to end last season and getting an invite to the NCAA Championships. Goodman has performed well this season in the medley relays, events that the Wildcats are very strong in and should aid them in reaching their goal. Goodman was also a standout at the Boston University Invitational on Nov. 17-19, where she won three events – the 200-yard butterfly (2 minutes, 2.18 seconds), 100 fly (55.92) and 100 backstroke (55.95) – and broke BU’s pool records in the latter two events and the UNH school record in the 100 fly.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – First-place finishes by Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.) in the 200-yard breaststroke and Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) in the 400 individual medley highlighted the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team’s 161-74 loss at Harvard University on Friday.
    UNH (4-5) swept the top four places in the 200 breaststroke with Yuen pacing the field at 2 minutes, 2:29.83 seconds. Fowler was awarded first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:41.91.
   Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) was a top performer for the Wildcats with second place in the 50 free (25.29) and third place in the 100 free (54.39). Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) had UNH’s other runner-up finish of the day by placing second in the 1-meter dive competition with a total of 273.98 points.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team defeated the University of Maine, 173-127, at Swasey Pool on Saturday.  UNH captured first place finishes in 10 of the 16 total events.
    UNH placed first in the 200-yard medley relay event with a time of 1 minute, 51.22 seconds.  Juniors Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.), Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine), Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.) and sophomore Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.) all made key contributions in the event.  Goodman highlighted the meet with two other first-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events with times of 1:00.02 and 2:09.05, respectively.  Goodman also placed second in the 100 butterfly event to fellow teammate Petchonka.  Petchonka captured first place finishes in the 100 butterfly, and both the 50 and 100 freestyle events, finishing with a meet-high 27 individual points.



DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team fell to Northeastern University and Boston University in the tri-meet at Swasey Pool on Monday.  The scores to both Boston University and Northeastern University were 154-86 and 131-111, respectively. 
   UNH placed first in the 400-yard freestyle relay event with a time of 3 minutes, 43.53 seconds.  Sophomore Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.), freshman Meagan Wengrove (Arvada, Colo.), freshman Shawna Watterson (Frisco, Texas) and freshman Laura Fay (Eugene, Ore.) all made key contributions in the event.  Watterson also placed fourth in the 1000 freestyle event, while Wengrove finished third and fourth in the 500 free and 200 free events, respectively.


<BOSTON – The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming team earned 364 points and placed seventh at the Boston University Invitational, which concluded Sunday afternoon at the BU Competition Pool.
    Junior Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) won three events during the three-day meet.  She won the 100 back and broke BU’s pool record at 55.95 seconds.  Goodman set a BU pool record as well as a UNH school record in the 100 fly when she tapped the wall at 55.92.



NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Junior Kristen Jurzynski notched three first-place finishes as Central Connecticut State University edged the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team. 123-118, Saturday afternoon at Jack Suydam Natatorium.
Central Connecticut was the top finisher in nine of the 13 events.
    New Hampshire held a slim 114-112 edge going into the final event, the 11-point 200-yard free relay.  The Blue Devils, led by sophomore Erin Crowley, freshman Kandra Kane, and juniors Lindsey Snyder and Rachel Brookman swam past the Wildcats to finish first with a final time of 1 minute, 39.18 seconds.  New Hampshire, represented by sophomore Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.), and freshmen Lauren Sampl (Fort Collins, Colo.), Meagan Wengrove (Arvado, Colo.) and Shawna Watterson (Frisco, Texas) finished second at 1:43.52.



BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished first in three races to catapult the University of New Hampshire women’s swim and dive team past the University of Vermont, 181-119, Saturday afternoon.  
    New Hampshire won 10 of the 16 events to claim the meet.




BALTIMORE – The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and dive team earned a split with UMBC and Wagner College Sunday afternoon at the UMBC Natatorium.
UMBC defeated New Hampshire, 135-103, while the Wildcats defeated Wagner College, 135-95. 
    Junior Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) won the 200-fly with a time of 2 minutes, 9.53 seconds.



DURHAM, N.H.Junior diver Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) broke her own record in the 1-meter dive as the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team won its first dual meet of the year over Siena College, 133-86, Saturday afternoon at Swasey Pool.

New Hampshire captured wins in nine of the 12 events.




BOSTON, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the America East Championship, along with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.  Both teams received three first-place votes, totaling 33 points apiece.  The Wildcats have won the conference championship title for two straight years. 



   Boston, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women’s swim and dive team participated in the second annual Family Fun Walk for the Mitochondrial Disease Action Committee on Saturday September 30, 2006.
    The walk took place in Boston Common to benefit and create awareness for Mitochondrial Disease. The Honorary Walk Marshall was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
    UNH Swim team members manned water stations, worked the registration table, blew up balloons for the kids, manned concessions, an Arts & Crafts area, and a Games area. Junior Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) and former men’s team swimmer David Armstrong performed as Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder for the day. The walk was in part organized by former UNH swimmer Kristin (Mallory) Murray (’92), whose son Jack was diagnosed with this rare disease.



University of New Hampshire head women’s Swimming & Diving coach Joshua Willman announced the hiring of Nicole Pohorenec and Shannon Daly as two new additions to his staff for the 2006-2007 season. Pohorenec will work with the divers while Daly will assist with the Wildcat swimmers.

 




The University of New Hampshire's men's and women's swim and dive teams each received Academic All-American team honors as announced by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America.




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