BURLINGTON, VT. - Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine) both earned two top-place finishes, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team fell to Vermont, 174-118, on Saturday afternoon at Forbush Natatorium.
Little broke a pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a first-place time of 1:06.47. She followed that performance with top-finish in the 200-yard breast, just missing another pool record with a time of 2:23.88. Little also earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, timing in at 2:12.48.
Ellisalcaide earned the top spot in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle with times of 24.09 and 52.56, respectively.
It was a close meet from the start, as the Catamounts (1:48.92) barely out touched the Wildcats (1:49.73) in the 200-yard medley relay to begin the day.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Kate Weaver touched just over one second ahead of second-place Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), who timed in at 58.25. Kaitlyn Evarts followed less just over a second later to garner third in that event. Those swimmers also finished 1-, 2- and 3 in 200-yard back, with Perrault timing in at 2:09.23.
In another close relay, the Vermont squad finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.09, while the Wildcats followed shortly thereafter with a time of 1:40.92.
Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:12.18. Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) was the third place finisher in both the 100-yard (1:07.61) and 200-yard (2:26.62) breaststroke.
In diving, Tory McKenna (Westford, Mass.) garnered first place with a score of 232.80 in the 1-meter, while Nicole Poppas (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Taryn Persia (Batonia, N.Y.) grabbed first and second in the 3-meter with scores of 216.89 and 214.80, respectively.
The Wildcats will rest until Jan. 17 when they travel to Northeastern to face the Huskies and the Boston University Terriers.