UNH Women's Swimming Dominates Bucknell Invitational

Lague, Daly Break Pool, UNH and America East Records

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team was the best of five teams at the Bucknell Invitational at Bucknell University this past weekend in impressive fashion, earning 974 points and winning all four relay events.

Melissa Lague (Salem, N.H.) and Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) each had the golden touch, placing first in every event they swam. They also broke Kinney Natatorium records in two events each, as well as UNH and America East Records.

Lague swam the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries in a time of 55.73 seconds, which earned her a pool record, a school record, and a conference record in the event. Her time was also the 19th fastest time posted this year in the entire country according to NCAA B time standards. In the finals, she posted a time of 55.98, which was good enough for first place.

In the 200 back preliminaries, Lague posted a time of 1:59.58, broke another pool record and earned another UNH and America East record. It also gave her the 15th fastest time in the country in the event. She swam the finals in 2:02.64 and earned a first-place finish. She also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:08.08.

Daly earned her records in the breaststroke events, posting the 15th fastest time in the nation in the 200 breast preliminaries (2:16.17). This time also broke the previous pool record, as well as the school and conference records in the event. She finished the final round with a first-place time of 2:17.58.

Daly also broke the Kinney Natatorium record in the 100 breast finals, winning first place with a time of 1:03.89. She also won the 200 freestyle by clocking in at 1:54.62.

The Wildcat women dominated the relays, taking first place in each event. Daly, Lague, Catie McDonough (Denville, N.J.), and Amanda Paul (Reston, Va.) teamed up to win the 200 free relay in a time of 1:37.73. McDonough and Daly then joined with Kary Goodman (S. Windham, Maine) and Ana Dowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) to win the 400 medley relay (3:56.37). Lague, Daly, Goodman and McDonough narrowly beat out the team from Bucknell in the 200 medley relay, but fought for first in a time of 1:48. McDonough, Daly, Lague and Paul won the 400 free relay by clocking in at 3:34.22.

The other two first-place finishes for UNH came from McDonough's win in the 100 free (53.66) and Shana Dege's (Lockport, N.Y.) 430.05 point performance in the 3-meter dive.

The UNH women (6-0) return to action Jan. 17 at home against Northeastern. The meet is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Swasey Pool.

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