Shannon Daly, Goodman lead Wildcats to second straight conference title

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team received 787 points and earned its second conference title in as many years at the 2006 America East Swimming and Diving Championship at Boston University's Aquatic Center Sunday evening.

The New Hampshire coaching staff was the recipient of the Swimming Coaching Staff award.

Heading into Day Four with 498 points, the Wildcats were able to hold off the University of Maryland-Baltimore County who had a score of 471 going into Sunday's events.

Senior Shannon Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) was awarded the America East Coaches' Award. Daly was the winner in the 200-individual medley (2 minutes, 02.28 seconds), 100-breast (1:03.38), 200-breast (2:14.85) and helped power the Wildcats to wins in the 800-free relay (7:30.70), 200-medley relay (1:45.21) and the 400-medley relay (3:49.26). Together, the wins accounted for 231 of New Hampshire's total points. Daly bettered her previous first place time from the 2005 AE Championship in the 200-breast (2:19.77).

Sophomore Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer. Goodman contributed with wins in the 100-backstroke (56.07), 200-back (2:00.43), 200-fly (2:00.92). Goodman was also part of the winning efforts in the 200-medley relay and 400 medley relay with Daly. Goodman's win in the 200-back broke the 2005 AE Championship time previously set by UNH alum, Melissa Lague.

Sophomore Brittany Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) placed second in the 1650 free at 17:04.00, behind UMBC's Meghan Sackett who placed first at 16:49.39. Freshman Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.) placed fourth at 17:30.06.

Freshman Laura Fay (Eugene, Ore.) finished third in the 200-fly with a time of 2:09.90. Sophomore Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) was second in the 1-meter dive. Dege received a score of 246.60, giving New Hampshire an additional 17 points.

New Hampshire completed the meet with a second place finish in the 400-free relay. Shannon Daly, Brittany Daly, Catie McDonough (Denville, N.J.) and Goodman touched the wall at 3:29.99, earning 34 points. UMBC's relay team was first at 3:28.45.

New Hampshire entered Saturday's events (Day Three) trailing UMBC, 275-259. The Wildcats reclaimed their previous lead from Day One by winning four of the six events and putting 239 additional points in the board to finish the day with a total 498.

Sophomore Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) edged out UMBC's Daniele Surkovich in the 100 fly with a time of 57.42. Surkovich was second at 57.64. Shannon Daly followed up with the win in the 100-breast while Goodman was first in the100-back. The Wildcats closed out the day with a win in the 400 medley relay, which consisted of Goodman, sophomore Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y), Petchonka and Shannon Daly.

New Hampshire relinquished its lead to UMBC during Friday's events (Day Two). The Wildcats did come away with a first place finish from Shannon Daly in the 200 IM. Brittany Daly saw a second place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.37 while Dege took third in the 3-meter dive with a score of 449.05.

New Hampshire hopes to carry the momentum over to the ECAC Championships, to be held February 23-26 at the University of Pittsburgh.

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