CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team was selected third in the 2010-11 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.

The Wildcats finished with a total of 26 points. Boston University, which has been crowned league champion in each of the last two years, received all six possible first-place votes, garnering the top spot in the poll with 36 points. UMBC earned the remaining first-place vote, grabbing the second spot in the poll with 31 points.

Vermont finished right behind UNH with 20 points, taking fourth place. Binghamton (15 points) and Stony Brook (12) were selected fifth and sixth, respectively. Maine rounded out the poll, ranking seventh while nabbing seven points. 

New Hampshire comes into the 2010-11 campaign off one of its most successful seasons to date after finishing in third place at last year's America East Championships. The 'Cats took first place in eight of 18 events, which was the most by any America East team at the championships. On the weekend, the Wildcats broke eight school and seven conference records, while also qualifying for NCAA provisional time standards in six swims.

The Wildcats return seven of their eight swimmers that were named to the America East All-Conference Team last season, including Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), who earned the Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award at the America East Championships. Perrault is the three-time defending conference champion in the 100-yard backstroke, a two-time champion in the 200-yard backstroke and the reigning champion in the 200-yard individual medley.

The 'Cats begin their season playing host to Siena on Oct. 16 (12 p.m.) and Wagner Oct. 17 (12 p.m.), during UNH's Family Weekend at Swasey Pool.

2010-11 Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st-place votes) Total
1.      Boston U. (6)                  36
2.      UMBC (1)                       31
3.      New Hampshire            26

4.      Vermont                         20
5.      Binghamton                    15
6.      Stony Brook                    12
7.      Maine                              7

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