January 22, 2010

WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING DOWNS RIVAL MAINE, 179-115

ORONO, Maine - The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team placed first in all 16 events, earning a 179-115 victory over the University of Maine at Stanley M. Wallace Pool on Friday evening.

Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) captured two first place finishes in individual competition, as well as anchoring the ‘Cats to a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

Perrault led the charge on the relay, as she teamed up with Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) and Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) to notch the first place finish with a time of 1 minute and 52.42 seconds.

Perrault also had a stellar outing in the 200-yard butterfly, capturing first place with a time of 2:07.59, which was nearly five seconds ahead of Maine's Meaghann Fisher, who finished in second place. Perrault added another first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, timing in at 57.84.

The junior capped off the evening with a second place finish in the 100-yard free, clocking in at 54.91. Mallory Morrell (Rush, N.Y.) led the way in the event, capturing first place with a time of 53.23.

In addition to leading the ‘Cats to a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, Little took a pair of first place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard backstroke, with times of 1:06.71 and 2:11.70, respectively. Anna Gyglewska (Norwalk, Conn.) added a second place finish in the 200-yard back, as she clocked in at 2:17.26.

Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) added a first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke and a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, with times of 2:26.16 and 1:02.60, respectively. Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) helped give the ‘Cats a huge lift in the 100-yard backstroke as she blazed through the water for a first place finish with a time of 1:01.56.

New Hampshire continued its success in the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, capturing first, second and third place in both events. Morrell led the way in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.99, while Reed (24.76) and Gillespie (25.61) took second and third place, respectively.

In the 500-yard free, Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.), Wollenzien and Jessica Perry (Middleboro, Mass.), finished in first, second and third place, respectively. Tribou timed in at 5:08.90, while Wollenzien and Perry finished in 5:13.38 and 5:22.33, respectively.

The ‘Cats were equally impressive in the 200-yard freestyle as Wollenzien and Gyglewska led New Hampshire to a first and second place finish, combining to earn 13 points in the event. Wollenzien finished with a time of 1:56.01 and Gyglewska timed in at 2:00.79.

UNH also had solid production in the 3-meter diving, as Nicole Poppas (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Kelsey Wardwell (Wethersfield, Conn.) took first and second place, respectively. Poppas scored a 218.77, while Wardwell put together a score of 167.70.

The Wildcats return to action on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m., when they travel to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green at Karl Michael Pool.

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