DURHAM, N.H.– Despite eight first place finishes, the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team fell to Dartmouth College, 129.5-112.5, on Wednesday evening at Swasey Pool.
    The squads’ 400-yard medley relay team got the Wildcats out to a hot start as they touched in at 4:00.23, more than three seconds ahead of Dartmouth. Though Dartmouth earned the next two top finishes, the Wildcats countered with back-to-back first-place times to garner a seven point advantage (50-43) after five events.
     Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine), who anchored the Wildcats medley relay, placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.30, less than .6 seconds ahead of her competition. Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) placed first and second in the 200-yard individual medley with times of 2:11.41 and 2:13.64, respectively.
    Dartmouth halted the Wildcats run by taking first in the 1-meter diving, but the Wildcats got right back on track and earned three consecutive first place finishes. Fowler, with a time of 2:08.36, finished almost three seconds ahead of Dartmouth to take first in the 200-yard butterfly. Ellisalcaide earned her second first place finish of the day with a time of 52.83 in the 100-yard free. Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) continued the Wildcats run with a top finish in the 200-yard backstroke as she timed in at 2:07.34.
    With the Wildcats ahead after nine events, the Big Green earned first in the 500-yard free and took the first three spots in the 3-meter diving to gain a lead. Though Little and Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) garnered first and second in the 200-yard breaststroke to get close, the Big Green secured the victory with a top finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Little finished over ten seconds ahead of Dartmouth at 2:21.98, while Nahin touched in at 2:23.14.
    The Wildcats will host Maine in America East action Friday, Jan. 23. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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