UNH Women's Swimming Readies for America East Championships

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team will attempt to continue their perfect season as they head to Orono, Maine for the American East Conference Championships. The weekend-long event begins Friday, Feb. 18 and continues through Sunday at the University of Maine.

The 9-0 Wildcats had a dominant season, as 14 women broke team, pool or conference records throughout the season in their respective events. The 'Cats also won the 200 yard medley relay eight times during the season, as well as the 200 freestyle medley three times.

Although each win was a team effort, several individuals had standout seasons for UNH.

Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.) was named America East Swimming Performer of the Week twice over the course of the season. She won both the 200 backstroke and the 100 backstroke seven times each, and had three first-place finishes in the 200 individual medley. She broke six pool records during the nine meets, and also set a team record and an America East record at the Bucknell Invitational on Dec. 6.

Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) also earned America East Performer of the Week honors twice and broke five pool records this season. Like Lague, she broke UNH and America East records at the Bucknell Invitational. Daly's best event was the 200 breaststroke, which she won eight times this season. She was also dominant in the 100 breast, winning the event five times. She had ten other individual first-place finishes in various events over the course of the season.

Diver Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) was honored by the conference three times as America East Diving Performer of the Week this season. She finished the season by breaking two team records against the University of Maine on Feb. 5. Dege won the 3-meter dive five times this year and earned first-place points from the 1-meter height four times.

Brittany Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) dominated many of the freestyle events this season, as she won the 500 free six times, the 1000 free five times, and the 200 free four times. She also set a record this past year, breaking a pool record in Binghamton on Nov. 14.

Catie McDonough (Denville, N.J) was another force in the freestyle events this season, as she won the 100 free six times and the 50 free three times. Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) also had an impressive season swimming the 100 butterfly. She won the event four times.

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