LOUDONVILLE/STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team won each of its three meets this weekend. The Wildcats defeated Siena University 144-95 and Niagara University 139-78 at Siena on Saturday afternoon and finished up the weekend with a 160-101 victory at Wagner College.
The Wildcats captured first place finishes in nine of 13 events to roll past Siena and Niagara on Saturday afternoon. The team broke three pool records at the Siena pool.
UNH’s first record-breaking swim was in the 200-yard medley relay event with a time of one minute, 52.37 seconds. Seniors Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.), Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine), Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.) and freshman Kelly Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) all made key contributions in the event.
Freshman Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) and Petchonka individual swims also broke a pool record. Perrault swam the 50-yard freestyle in 24.77 seconds, while Petchonka completed the 100-yard butterfly in 57.57.
The Wildcats also placed first in the 1000-yard free, Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) (10:53.15); the 100-yard free, Perrault (53.88); the 100-yard backstroke, Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) (1.02:23); and the 100-yard back Lauren DuPont (South Riding, Va.) (1.02:86). Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) had first place finishes in the 1-meter (347) and 3-meter (264.70) dives.
In the Wildcats meet at Wagner, the team’s 200 medley relay broke another pool record, with a time of 1:52.31. Freshman Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) swam in place of Tartaglia in the race. Also breaking a pool record was Perrault in the first leg of the Wildcats’ 400-yard freestyle relay.The Wildcats open up conference action at home, hosting UMBC on Sunday, Oct. 28. Time of the meet at Swasey Pool is scheduled for 2 p.m.