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CAMBRIDGE, MASS— Student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire continue to excel in the classroom and as a result the Wildcats finished second in the running for the 2007-08 America East Academic Cup with an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.12.  UNH has won the Academic Cup twice, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
    The University of Vermont narrowly edged out UNH to take home the hardware with a 3.14 GPA.
    The University of Maine (3.10), Stony Brook University (3.06) and Binghamton University (3.04) were the other institutions in America East to compile grade point averages of 3.00 or better in 2007-08.


STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


DURHAM, N.H.- Joshua Willman, head coach of the University of New Hampshire’s women’s swimming and diving team, has announced the hiring of Jarrod Zwirko as assistant swim coach, effective June 1.

Zwirko, a 2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, was a two-year captain for the Wildcats, specializing in middle-distance and still holds two UNH records for relays. As an athlete Zwirko was an 11-time finalist at the America East championships and was runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle in 2002. Zwirko also served as SAAC President as an undergraduate and was twice nominated for UNH Athlete of the Year.



DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team recently held their annual awards banquet at the Sheraton Inn in Portsmouth, N.H. The evening highlighted the accomplishments of the 2007-2008 season.
    Individuals recognized for exceptional seasons included Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) who was selected as Rookie of the Year. Perrault recently returned from the Canadian Olympic Trials and had a very successful campaign at the America East Championships where she was selected as Rookie of the Meet for her impressive swims including a win in the 100-yard backstroke and record setting leadoff swim in the 200 medley relay.



DURHAM, N.H. – Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), a swimmer for the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team was recently invited by Swimming Canada to participate in the Canadian Olympic trials this week at the Olympic Park Pool in Montreal, Quebec.
    Perrault qualified for the trials with her impressive times in 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke in competition. However, the freshman sensation will not only participate in the backstroke at the trials, as she will also partake in the 100-meterfreestyle, 100-meter fly and the 200-meter individual medley.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The America East recently named 27 student-athletes to the 2008 Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team based on their athletic and their academic achievements in the 2007-08 season.
    University of New Hampshire’s Kary Goodman (Windham, Maine), the female senior honored at the conference championship for accumulating the most points in her four-year career, was selected as a member of the academic squad. Other Wildcats honored were Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.), Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.), Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.).



PITTSBURGH- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team, with 323 points, placed fifth at the ECAC Championships held in Pittsburgh this weekend. Central Connecticut State University, who the Wildcats defeated earlier this season, took first place in the championships with 425 points. Rider University was second with 400.5 points, followed by Marist College (379) and America East foe University of Vermont with 345.
    Senior Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) earned fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.91. She also placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly, touching in at 57.69. Senior Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.) defeated all swimmers during the first two turns of the 200-yard breaststroke, but fell behind to finish in a time of 2:27.33, taking third place. She earned fifth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:07.61, just seven-hundredths of a second behind the fourth-place finisher.



ORONO, Maine- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team placed third at the America East Championships held this past weekend in Orono, Maine. The Wildcats were honored with two awards as Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) was selected Rookie of the Meet, while New Hampshire's Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) won the Coaches Award for most points scored by a female over four years of competition with 212 points.




  Results
ORONO, Maine
- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team finished first in all but one event to garner a 184-111 victory at the University of Maine on Thursday.
    To open up the day, freshman Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) notched back-to-back first place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle followed by a victory in the 200-yard freestyle with finishing times of 10:29.42 and 1:58.93, respectively.
    In the 100-yard backstroke, Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) earned a first place tally with a time of 58.56. Perrault also had first place finishes in the 200 back, 2:08.59, and in the 100 fly, 58.81.


  Results
HANOVER, N.H.
- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed first in the 200-yard medley relay for the sixth time in seven meets, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats fell to Dartmouth College, 141-102, and to Princeton University, 148-93.   
    In the first swimming event of the day, the Wildcats finished with a time of 1:49.34 in the 200-medley. Freshmen Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) got the Wildcats to an early lead with a first leg split of 26.98, while classmate Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) and seniors Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.) Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) all made solid contributions in the event.



Complete Results
BOSTON, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team had first place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay, the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes and the 50-yard freestyle but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to Boston University, 158-141, and Northeastern, 175-124, this Saturday.   
    To open up the day, the relay team of Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ont.), Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.), Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) had a first place time of 1:49.25 in the 200-yard medley, just nine-tenths of a second in front of Northeastern.


BOSTON- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team placed fifth at the Terrier Invitational this past weekend at Boston University.
    After two days of competition the Wildcats were in third place, behind Boston College and first-place Northeastern. In the final day, host-school Boston University had a first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke to take third away from the Wildcats.
    The Wildcats had 17 top-10 finishes, highlighted by Allison Nahin’s (Hartland, Wisc.) first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed first in 12-of-13 events to swim past Central Connecticut State University, 140-96, Saturday afternoon at Swasey Pool.
      Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.), Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ont.), Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ont.) and Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) all scored a pair of first-place finishes to power the ‘Cats, who are now 6-0 overall, including 2-0 in the conference.


DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed first in 13-of-16 events en route to a 173-121 victory over the University of Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Swasey Pool. Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) notched three first-place finishes to go along with Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ont.) and Kiersten Wollenzien’s (Holland Landing, Ont.) two first-place swims. With the win, the Wildcats stay perfect in the conference at 2-0, 5-0 overall.
    The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead finishing first and second in the 200-yard medley relay to start off the day. Perrault, Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.), Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine) and Katrina Maloney (Dover, N.H.) all contributed in the first-place relay with a time of 1:49.35.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team swept America East Women’s Performers of the Week awards. The conference announced Tuesday afternoon that freshman Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) has won back-to-back America East Swimming Performer of the Week honors and Wildcat Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) was named the America East Women’s Diving Performer of the Week.
    For the second week in a row freshman Perrault placed first in all events swam to lead the Wildcats past America East preseason favorite UMBC, 156-142, on Sunday afternoon. To begin the day Perrault started off UNH's 200-yard medley relay, leading the relay team to a Swasey Pool record time of 1:47.21. Perrault went on to place first in the 100-yard backstroke (57.22) and the 200 back with a time of 2:07.44. She finished up the meet with a 200-yard individual medley victory, timing in at 2:08.19.



DURHAM, N.H.- Five days after the America East Preseason Coaches poll revealed UMBC as the favorite to win the 2008 America East Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, close second-place selection University of New Hampshire edged past the Retrievers, 156-142, in the first conference meet this season. With the win, the first ever head-to-head victory against UMBC, the Wildcats stay perfect at 4-0, while the Retrievers fall to 1-2.
    The meet was highlighted by the UNH 200-yard medley relay setting a new Swasey Pool record and Evelyn Yuen (Princeton, N.J.) defeating the reigning America East Champion in the 100-yard breaststroke.


CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The America East conference announced Wednesday afternoon that freshman Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team had been named America East Women’s Swimming Performer of the Week.
    Perrault broke two pool records and finished first in all six events she swam to lead the Wildcats to a three-win weekend. She broke a Siena pool record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.77 seconds in the first leg of UNH’s 200-yard freestyle relay during Saturday’s meet with Siena and Niagara.



DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team was selected second in the 2008 America East preseason coaches’ poll. The Wildcats received two first-place votes and with 31 points were just three behind conference favorite UMBC with 34 points, including four first-place votes.
    The Wildcats, who finished third last year, look to recapture their 2006 conference title. The team, which already jumped out to a great start this season at 3-0, are returning key swimmers this season.


DURHAM, N.H.- Amy (Ayres) Parratto makes her return to the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team after 18 years as head coach of diving program. Parratto is a 1983 graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art where she graduated cum laude. She was a five-time All-American for the Blue Pride and served as captain her junior and senior years.
    Parratto began her coaching career directly after graduation in the fall of 1983, returning to her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts and assisting with her high school’s swimming and diving team at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. She was also an assistant coach for the John Walker’s Divers, a U.S. Diving Club out of Harvard University.


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.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team participated in the third annual Family Fun Walk for the Mitochondrial Disease Action Committee this past Saturday.
    The walk took place in along the Charles River in Cambridge to benefit and create awareness for Mitochondrial Disease. The Honorary Walk Marshall was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. This year was a record turnout for the walk and UNH Swim team members manned water stations, worked the registration table, blew up balloons for the kids. The Wildcats also operated concessions stands, an arts & crafts area, and a games area. The swimmers also performed as Dora the Explorer, her cousin Diego and Elmo.


PHOENIX, Ariz.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team had the 18th best Division I Academic All-American swim team in the nation, according to statistics compiled by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Wildcats, with a combined grade point average of 3.420, were the only America East team to receive a top-20 ranking.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A total of 203 University of New Hampshire student-athletes have been named to the 2006-07 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for earning grade point averages of 3.0 or higher during the winter and spring seasons, the conference announced Monday.
     Of UNH’s 203 honorees, 90 received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which recognizes those student-athletes who earned a 3.50 gpa or higher.




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