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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Thursday that 204 University of New Hampshire student-athletes have been named to the America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. Furthermore, 97 of those Wildcats received distinction on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
    UNH had the third highest total of representatives on both the Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The women’s outdoor track and field team had 55 student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll, which marked the highest total for all winter and spring sports; that team also had a league-high 28 representatives on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.




DURHAM, N.H.- University of New Hampshire swimming & diving head coach Josh Willman has announced the hiring of Tory McKenna as diving coach. Last season, McKenna was the graduate assistant coach while she completed her final year of eligibility for the Wildcats. At the 2009 America East Championships, she placed third in the 1-meter dive.
“We are extremely excited to bring Tory on board to head up our diving program,” coach Willman said. “Tory has a lot of new ideas and changes that she is planning to implement to further integrate the divers into the swimming program overall and strengthen their contribution to the entire team’s efforts,” Willman added. “We think that she will be just the person our staff needs to raise the level of the UNH divers.”




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. The evening highlighted the team’s accomplishments over the 2008-2009 season.
Although finishing fourth at the America East Championships, the Wildcats won 8-of-18 swimming events, more than any other school. During the Championships, they broke five conference records and six school records.




  COMPLETE RESULTS
    DURHAM, N.H.
- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team earned fourth place at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships held at Boston University this past weekend. 
Freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), who was named the Most Outstanding Rookie at the end of the year awards, garnered America East Rookie of the Meet at the Championships.  Little totaled the most points of any freshman women at the meet as the Wildcats took home the Rookie of the Meet honor for the second consecutive year.




  DAY THREE RECAP (AE) | DAY THREE RESULTS
    BOSTON- The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team is in fourth place (of seven teams) heading into the final day of the America East Swimming and Diving Champsionships held at Boston University.
 




CAMBRIDGE, MASS. ­– Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), a freshman on the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team, was selected as the America East Female Swimmer of the Week as announced by the conference Tuesday afternoon.
    During this past week of action, Little earned four individual first-place finishes and swam the breaststroke leg of the Wildcats’ top-place finishing 400-yard medley relay against Dartmouth.




RESULTS
    DURHAM, N.H.
– The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team placed first in 12 of 16 events to earn a 180-115 victory over the University of Maine on Friday evening at Swasey Pool.
    To begin the day, the Wildcats earned first and second in the 200-yard medley relay with times of 1:50.29 and 1:54.42, respectively. After the Black Bears placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle, the Wildcats broke away with nine consecutive first-place finishes.




RESULTS
    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.




  RESULTS
    BOSTON –
The University of New Hampshire swimming fell to Boston University 192-107 and host-school Northeastern 171-128 in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon.|
    The Wildcats opened up the day with a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, just beating out its second place opponent by .14 seconds. Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), who led off the relay team, also earned a top finish in the 100-yard backstroke, timing in at 58.53.




RESULTS
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.




  Results

    BOSTON – The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team earned fifth place at the Boston University Invitational. Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine) led the way for the Wildcats with two top-place finishes, while Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) each had first-place times as well. 
    On Sunday, the Wildcats grabbed three top-place finishes, starting off with Perraults’ 200-yard backstroke performance, timing in at 2:03.89. Ellisalcaide then touched in at 50.90 to garner first in the 100-yard freestyle. Little continued the Wildcats’ success in the 200 breast, with a first-place time of 2:18.30, shaving off more than four seconds from her preliminary race.




CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The America East conference announced Tuesday afternoon that Jessie Ellisalcaide (Harpswell, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team had been named America East Women’s Swimming Performer of the Week for her performance against Central Connecticut this past weekend.
    Ellisalcaide finished first in three events and led off the Wildcats top-place 200-yard freestyle relay to lead the Wildcats to a 171-128 victory over Central Connecticut.




    Results
NEW BRITIAN, CONN. – Jessie Ellisalcaide
(Harpswell, Maine), of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team, finished first in three events and led off the Wildcats top-place 200-yard freestyle relay to lead the Wildcats to a 171-128 victory over Central Connecticut University.
    The Blue Devils (2-2) got off to a good start, placing first in the opening three events to take a 36-19 lead after three races, but Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) flipped the momentum in favor of the Wildcats (4-1) with their first top-place finish of the day as the sophomore touched in with a time of 59.04 in the 100-yard backstroke.




Results

BALTIMORE, MD. – Freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) of the University of New Hampshire swimming and diving finished first in three events, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to UMBC, 147-126, in the America East season opener on Sunday afternoon.  
    The Retrievers, who out touched the Wildcats by just .04 seconds in the opening 200-yard medley relay, earned top finishes in the first three events, before Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) got New Hampshire started with a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.26.




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.

 




    Results

    DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team finished garnered top finishes twelve events to earn its second consecutive victory, a 167-94 win against Wagner College on Sunday afternoon.
    The Wildcats, who are now 2-0 on the season, opened up the afternoon with first and second place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The first team, consisting of sophomore Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), and freshmen Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), Sarah Kanellas (Lowell, Mass.), and Anna Grylewska (Norwell, Conn.), touched in with a time of 1:51.06.




 Results

    DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team finished first in ten of 13 events to garner a 161-81 victory against Siena College in the season opener on Saturday afternoon.
    The meet was highlighted by the performance of the Wildcat freshman class—combining for a 50-point contribution for the Wildcats— especially the two first-place efforts by freshman Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario).




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team was chosen third in the America East Preseason Coaches Poll as recently release by the conference. UMBC Retrievers have been picked to win the 2009 America East Swimming and Diving Championship for the third consecutive year, according to the preseason coaches’ poll, but not without a little competition. Boston University Terriers (32 points, two first-place votes) are nipping at the heels of the defending Retrievers (35 points, four first place votes), trailing them by only three points in the poll.  New Hampshire (24) was picked to finish third, just edging past Vermont (23) in fourth, with Maine (15), Binghamton (11) and Stony Brook (7) rounding out the league.   




UNH HONOR ROLL

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of 201 University of New Hampshire student-athletes were named to the 2008 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for recording a grade point average of 3.0 or above in that winter/spring semester, the league announced Thursday. Of the 201 honored, 113 of those were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for possessing a gpa of at least 3.5, the most of any of the other institution.
      In the nine-member America East conference, only Binghamton University (251 honorees) had a higher number of student-athletes recognized. The University at Albany (198), the University of Vermont (197) and Stony Brook University (188) rounded out the top five.




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