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BOSTON – Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.) won three individual events but the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team was defeated by Northeastern University, 163-131, on Monday night.
Lague, who accounted for three of UNH’s seven first-place finishes, began her impressive outing by taking first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.60 seconds. She went on to also win the 200 back (2:06.54) and 200 individual medley (2:11.80).
Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) nearly duplicated Lague’s feat of winning three events. Daly recorded the fastest time the 200 freestlye (1:55.07) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.25) and was edged by .15-seconds in the 100 breast to take second place.
Ashley Fish (Fairview, Pa.) was the other individual Wildcat winner. She was the first to touch the wall in the 200 butterfly (2:10.99), and she placed second in the 100 fly (59.92).
UNH’s other victory came in the final event of the meet, the 400 freerelay. Daly swam the opening leg and was followed by Amanda Paul (Reston, Va.), Caitlin Hamer (Andover, Mass.) and Fish. Both Paul and Hamer finished third in indvidual races with Paul recorded a time of 55.65 in the 100 free and Hamer was clocked in 10:56.47 in the 1000 free.
Amy Roberts (Boxborough, Mass.) registered a second-place finish in both the 500 free (5:19.58) and 200 IM (2:17.53). Amanda Crawford (Hillsdale, N.J.) had the second-fastest time in the 1000 free (10:49.82). Other top-three performances were turned in by Christine Harvey (Plaistow, N.H.) in the 50 free (25.62) and Amanda Carr (Londonderry, N.H.) in the 200 back (2:16.75).
The New Hampshire women’s swim team returns to action Feb. 5 at Maine.