February 18, 2011

Women's Swimming and Diving Stands in Third Place at AE Championships after Day Two

BOYDS, Md. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team broke a combined three records on day two of the 2011 America East Swimming and Diving Championships, claiming third place with 229 points.

Senior Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) broke a conference and school record in the 200-yard IM, taking first place in the event with a time of two minutes and 1.99 seconds. Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) rounded out the top 10 for the 'Cats, claiming fourth (2:04.43) and tenth (2:06.01) place, respectively.

The Wildcats opened up the day with a strong showing in the 500-yard freestyle, claiming three spots in the top 10, as Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) led the way for UNH with a second-place finish in 4:53.84, notching 17 points. She broke the school record  in the event with her preliminary time of 4.52.87. Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario) and Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.) earned seventh and eighth place in the event with times of 4:57.82 and 5:00.84, respectively.

Midway through the action, Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) chipped in with a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 23.70.

The Wildcats also had a strong showing in the 3-meter dive, as Lauren Barton (Sanford, Fla.) took sixth place with a score of 468.35, earning 13 points in the event.

The Wildcats rounded out the contest with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 1:35.85.Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wis.), Kelsey Gillespie (Falmouth, Maine), Reed and Wollenzien all teamed up in the relay, earning 29 points in the event.

UNH returns to action for day three of the America East Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m., beginning with preliminaries at the Germantown Aquatic Center.
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