CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The America East conference announced Tuesday afternoon that freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team had been named America East Women’s Swimming Performer of the Week for her performances during her first week of collegiate swimming.
Little earned two first-place finishes in her collegiate debut against Siena on Saturday then went on to be part of four top-place finishes against Wagner on Sunday, totaling 68 points on the weekend, including 45 individual event points.
In the 200-yard individual medley on Saturday, her first race as a Wildcat, she touched in at 2:08.85, which was more than seven seconds ahead her second-place teammate and over 15 seconds ahead of the any visiting Siena swimmer. The freshman, who is not a normal backstroke competitor, notched her second top-finish of the meet with a time of 1:01.09 in the 100-yard back.
On Sunday against Wagner, Little had another successful afternoon, earning first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 1:05.93 and 2:22.25, respectively. She was the top finisher in the 200-yard individual medley for the second time this weekend, touching in at 2:11.70. Little also swam the backstroke leg of the Wildcat’s top-place finishing 200-yard medley relay.
Led by Little’s stellar performances, the Wildcats downed both teams they hosted this past weekend, defeating Siena University, 161-81, and Wagner College, 167-94.
The Wildcats will host Niagara on Saturday, Oct. 25 before traveling to UMBC on Sunday, Oct. 26 to open up America East action.