January 22, 2011

Women's Swimming and Diving Captures, 159.5-139.5, win over Dartmouth

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team broke four pool records, including one school record, on its way to earning a 159.5-139.5 victory over Dartmouth College Saturday afternoon at Swasey Pool.

New Hampshire kicked off the afternoon with a bang, as Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc.), Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.), and Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) won the 400-yard medley relay in a pool record time of three minutes and 56.52 seconds.
Amy Perrault

The Wildcats also claimed second place in the event, as Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.), and Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine) finished in 4:01.27.

Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) kept the 'Cats rolling in the next event, setting a pool and school record in the 1000-yard free, claiming the top spot in a time of 10:15.53.

Kiersten Wollenzien

Nahin guided New Hampshire midway through the action, breaking her own pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.50. Her previous career best time came last year when she claimed the pool record in 1:03.53. Casey Albert (Enfield, N.H.) and Elizabeth Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) chipped in with second (1:06.62) and third (1:08.53) place finishes in the event, respectively. Nahin also took the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke, timing in at 2:23.90.

McCandless followed up breaking the pool record in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in a career best time of 2:03.89.

Reed provided steady production for UNH throughout the day, earning first place finishes in the 50-yard free (24.48), 100-yard free (52.56), and 200-yard free (1:51.56). Her impressive time in the 200-yard free, which was a season best, tied with Dartmouth's Christine Kerr. Bull added a second place finish in the 200-yard free, touching down at 1:55.83.

Perrault was just as stellar for the 'Cats, notching a trio of first place finishes on the day, setting off the afternoon earning the top spot in the 100-yard back with a time of 57.01. She also claimed first place in the 200-yard back (2:03.67) and 100-yard butterfly (57.07).

New Hampshire also got a lift in the 1-meter dive, as Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) earned second place in the event with a score of 238.50.

The Wildcats return to action Friday, Feb. 4 (5 p.m.) when they round out the regular season against Maine at Swasey Pool.
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