March 1, 2010

EIGHT SWIMMING AND DIVING ATHLETES NAMED TO AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A total of eight student-athletes on the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team have been selected to the America East All-Conference Team, the league announced on Monday afternoon.

Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.) and Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) represented the junior class. While Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.), Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.) and Mallory Morrell (Rush, N.Y.) represented the freshman class. Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) was UNH's lone sophomore on the squad.

Perrault, Tribou, Reed and Wollenzien opened up the America East Championships this past weekend setting a new pool and America East record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7 minutes and 21.11 seconds. The impressive time was also a school record for New Hampshire.

Perrault, Nahin, Reed and Morrell were at it again in the 200-yard medley relay, breaking a pool and an America East championship record with a time of 1:42.24. For the Wildcats, both times qualified as NCAA provisional cuts.

In addition, Perrault captured three individual titles this past weekend, earning the Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award.

On day three of competition, she claimed first place in the 100-yard back with a time of 54.74 seconds. However, Perrault was even more impressive in the preliminary race, as she qualified for an NCAA provisional cut and set an America East record with a time of 54.67. She has now won that event for three consecutive years.

During the final day of the championships, Perrault earned her third individual title on the weekend, claiming first place in the 200-yard backstroke in an America East and UNH record time of 1:58.59. Her impressive time also qualifies as an NCAA provisional cut.

Perrault also led a 1-2 sweep of the 200-yard individual medley, capturing first place on day two with a time of 2:02.71, while Little was quick to follow her Wildcat teammate, notching second place, touching in at 2:04.09.

Little captured a first place finish of her own in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching in at an NCAA provisional cut time of 2:16.70. Nahin also added a fifth place finish in the event, with a time of 2:21.47.

Nahin claimed a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.08 in her preliminary race, setting a new conference and school record and was just .10 seconds away from an NCAA provisional cut.  She came back at night to win and successfully defend her 2009 America East title with a time of 1:03.16.

Morrell claimed second place in the 50-yard freestyle on day two of the championships, timing in at 23.20. Morrell broke an America East Championship record with her lead off swim (23.07) in the 200-yard freestyle relay clocking in at 1:35.40, as she helped propel UNH to a third-place finish.

In the 400-yard medley relay on day three of the championships, the Wildcats earned another record-setting first-place finish with a time of 3:44.72, breaking their own record by almost two seconds. The relay consisted of Perrault (55.01), Nahin (1:02.55), Reed (56.69) and Morrell (50.47).

Pelletier chipped in on the weekend with a third place finish in the 1-meter diving with a score of 419.35 on day four. She also garnered a fourth place finish in the 3-meter diving, scoring 428.60 points.


Women's All-Conference Team

Tina Cantwell, UMBC
Colleen Clark, Vermont
Sarah Colton, Boston U.
Kristen Connors, Boston U.
Lauren Drake, Boston U.
Jennifer Esposito, UMBC
Rebecca Godwin, UMBC
Tereza Kaplanova, UMBC
Jessica Little, New Hampshire
Sam Maccherola, UMBC
Molly MacMillan, Vermont
Melinda Matyas, Boston U.
Abbey McKenney, UMBC
Maria McIntyre, Boston U.
Kathryn Moorby, UMBC
Mallory Morrell, New Hampshire
Tara Morrissette, UMBC
Emily Munday, Boston U.
Allison, Nahin, New Hampshire
Bailey O'Brien, Boston U.
Brigette O'Shaughnessy, Boston U.
Amy Perrault, New Hampshire
Ellen Pelletier, New Hampshire
Shelli Reed, New Hampshire

Sarah Ryan, UMBC
Amanda Schmitz, Boston U.
Lindsay Sherman, UMBC
Laura Tilman, UMBC
Sydney Tribou, New Hampshire
Kirsten Tullis, Boston U.
Kate Weaver, Vermont
Kiersten Wollenzien, New Hampshire

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