UNH women's swimming defeats Boston College, 186.5-112.5

Daly sisters take five events to propel 'Cats to first win against Eagles

DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Brittany Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) both won three events to lead the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team to Friday evening's 186.5-112.5 victory against Boston College in the season opener at Swasey Pool. It marked the first time since the early 1970's that UNH defeated BC, as the best previous Wildcat effort vs. the Eagles was a tie in 1997.

The Wildcats won 11 of 16 events, including both the 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays, and swept the top three places in the 200 free, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.

Lague was the fastest swimmer in both backstroke events as she won the 100 in 57.01 seconds and captured first place in the 200 with a time of 2:04.85. She also won the 200 individual medley (2:10.09) and swam the opening leg of the winning 200 medley relay team.

Daly took first place in the 1000 free with a time of 10:33.17 and also was first to touch the wall in the 500 free (5:08.63). She won the 200 free in 1:56.85 and was followed by older sister Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) at 1:57.00. Shannon captured top honors in both breaststroke events by recording the fastest times in both the 100 (1:05.59) and 200 (2:22.82) and was the opening leg of the first-place 400 free relay.

Catherine McDonough (Chatham, N.J.) was the other Wildcat swimmer to win an individual event as her time of 53.01 bested the field.

Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.), Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Amanda Paul (Reston, Va.) were the other members of the 200 medley relay team that recorded a winning time of 1:47.87. Tartaglia also placed second in the 100 breast (1:07.57) and third in the 200 breast (2:27.97). Petchonka earned second in the 100 butterfly (58.62) and Paul placed third in the 200 free (1:57.81).

Paul also swam the anchor leg in the 400 free relay that also included McDonough and Ana Dowell (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) earned second place in the 1-meter dive with 236.60 points and finished third in the 3-meter dive at 223.40 points.

UNH returns to action Nov. 6 at home against Boston University. Meet time at Swasey Pool is 1 p.m.

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