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ORONO, Maine -- This weekend was host to the 13th annual America East Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place at the Stanley Wallace Pool at the University of Maine in Orono. The three -day meet, beginning on Friday the 14th, resulted in a second place finish for the University of New Hampshire women's team that broke eight school and two conference records. New Hampshire won 10 of the 20 events and finished the weekend with a total 774.50 points, trailing the America East champions Northeastern University by only 47 points. The Wildcats were led by freshman Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.), who was named Women's Outstanding Swimmer of the Year.
Daly won three individual events, including an America East and school-record time of 4 minutes, 57.67 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle, and also swam a leg in four relays, two of which captured first place. In addition to the 500 free, she recorded the best time in both the 200 free (1:51.73) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.96). Daly's efforts in both the 200 free and 800 free relays helped UNH to victory and school records of 1:36.47 and 7:38.01, respectively. The 800 free also broke the previous America East record. The 400 free relay team also set a school record of 3:30.29 and finished in second place. Daly competed in the 200 medley relay and the 'Cats placed third in that event.
Junior Kristen Nardozzi (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished the weekend with a win in both the 400 IM and the 1650 free as well as a second place score in the 200 IM. Her winning time of 17:17.25 in the 1650 free shattered the previous school record. She also swam a leg on all three of UNH's record-setting relays (200, 400 and 800 free) as well as the 400 medley relay, which placed third.
Jaime Crowley (Plainville, Conn.) accompanied Nardozzi and Daly in the record-setting 200 and 400 free relays. Crowley also swam a leg on the 200 and 400 medley relays that placed third overall. Like Nardozzi, she also had first and second place individual finishes, in the 50 free (23.78) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.79), respectively. Crowley also finished sixth in the 100 free (53.30).
Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.) followed suit, posting wins in the 200 IM (2:06.24) and 200 backstroke (2:02.06). In addition, Lague had a second place finish in the 100 backstroke (57.92) and her times in both of the backstroke events established a new school record. She also had a hand in the winning efforts of the 800 free relay as well as the third place efforts of the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Amanda Paul (Reston, Va.) and Ashley Fish (Fairview, Pa.) both had top efforts in the relays on which they competed. Paul swam a leg for both winning relays, the 200 and 800 free, as well as the 400 free relay. Fish swam a leg on the third-place 400 medley relay and the 200 medley relay, which also finished third. Individually, Paul had a second place finish in the 200 free (1:54.15), fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free. Fish had a third-place finish in the 200 fly (2:06.79) and was sixth in the 100 fly.
Michelle Groff (Marblehead, Mass.) took third place in the 100 backstroke (59.22) and fourth in the 200 back (2:07.61). Junior diver Heather Brogan (Hudson, N.H.) had third place finishes in the one and three meter events with respective scores of 245.30 and 387.20.
UNH returns to action in the ECAC Championships at the University of Pittsburgh on February 27 through March 1.