CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – First-place finishes by Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.) in the 200-yard breaststroke and Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) in the 400 individual medley highlighted the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team’s 161-74 loss at Harvard University on Friday.
    UNH (4-5) swept the top four places in the 200 breaststroke with Yuen pacing the field at 2 minutes, 2:29.83 seconds. Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.) was next to touch the wall with a time of 2:34.81 and was followed by teammates Michelle Garnsey (Lake Wylie, S.C.) in 2:38.78 and Lauren Sampl (Fort Collins, Colo.) in 2:45.94.
    Fowler was awarded first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:41.91 and was followed in second place by Meagan Wengrove (Arvada, Colo.) in 4:43.16. Fowler earned points for the ‘Cats with a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:13.36). Wengrove again placed immediately after Fowler at a time of 2:16.96, but she captured second place in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.25.
    Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) was a top performer for the Wildcats with second place in the 50 free (25.29) and third place in the 100 free (54.39).
    Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) had UNH’s other runner-up finish of the day by placing second in the 1-meter dive competition with a total of 273.98 points.
    Other notable finishes included Shawna Watterson (Frisco, Texas) in third place in the 500 free (5:19.42) and Caitlin Hamer (Andover, Mass.) with a fourth-place finish in that event in a time of 5:30.8.
    In the non-scoring 200 free relay, the quartet of Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.), Petchonka, Watterson and Yuen placed second in 1:42.63.
    New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 8-11 for the America East Championships at Boston University.
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