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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) won three individual events and was part of two winning relay teams to earn women's Swimmer of the Meet award as the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed third at the ECAC Championships, which were held last weekend at the University of Pittsburgh.
UNH, which sent just eight swimmers to the meet, won a total of seven events and amassed 395 points to place behind Boston College (566 points) and St. John's University (403) in the 29-team event.
Daly won all three individual events in which she competed as she was first to touch the wall in the 500 freestyle (5 minutes, 0.85 seconds), 200 free (1:53.27) and 200 breaststroke (2:20.50). Daly also swam in four of five relay events. She anchored the Wildcats to first place in the 200 free as well as second in both the 400 medley and 400 free. In addition, Daly swam the opening leg of the winning 800 free relay team.
The 200 medley relay team, comprised of Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.), Christine Harvey (Plaistow, N.H.), Ashley Fish (Fairview, Pa.) and Amanda Paul (Reston, Va.), broke the school record with a winning time of 2:46.18.
Lague was UNH's other ECAC champion. She recorded the fastest time of 56.76 in the 100 backstroke and went on to earn second place in the 200 back (2:02.28). Lague was also part of the winning 200 free relay as well as the runner-up 400 free and 400 medley relays.
Fish broke a pair of school records in the butterfly events. She swam a 56.98 in the 100 fly preliminaries, then placed second in the finals with a time of 57.14. Fish's record-setting effort in the 200 fly also came in the preliminaries with a time of 2:05.43; she was clocked in 2:05.53 in the finals to finish third. Fish also swam in the 400 medley relay.
Paul earned three fifth-place finishes in the championships. She opened with a time of 24.55 in the 50 free, then swam the 200 free in 1:55.33 and completed her trifecta in the 100 free (53.08). Paul helped lead the 'Cats to victory in the 200 free and 800 free relays, and she was also on the runner-up 400 free relay.
Harvey had a pair of strong individual efforts with a fourth-place finish in the100 breast (1:05.75) and the sixth-best time in the 50 free (24.67). She was the lead leg of the winning 200 free relay and second leg in the 400 medley.
Michelle Garnsey (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Amanda Crawford (Hillsdale, N.J.) both placed in two events. Garnsey finished 14th in the 100 breast (1:08.60) and 16th in the 200 breast (2:28.61). Crawford placed 16th in both the 500 free (5:15.14) and 200 free (1:58.90), and she also swam the third leg of the 800 free relay and runner-up 400 free.
Caitlin Hamer (Andover, Mass.) also earned points with a 16th-place finish in the 1650 free (18:21.11). In addition, Hamer swam the anchor leg of the first-place 800 free relay.