November 17, 2011

Women's Swimming & Diving Moves to No. 20 in Mid-Major Rankings

SOMERS, Wis. – After compiling its fourth straight victory of the season, the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team moved up to No. 20 in the first CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I rankings released this season, announced by the organization on Thursday afternoon.

New Hampshire is fresh off a 160-128 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Tootell Aquatic Center on Nov. 12. The Wildcats claimed first place in 14 of 16 events, as Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) raced to a first-place finishes in all three individual events in which she competed and also swam a leg in the winning 400 medley relay to lead New Hampshire to a victory.

The 'Cats opened the season breaking five pool records on its way to topping Siena College for the fourth straight year, 126-93, on Oct. 15 at Siena Swim Center. New Hampshire won every event on the day, as Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) led the Wildcats with pool records in both the 200-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke. Little finished the 200-yard IM with a time of two minutes and 9.27 seconds, while clocking in at 2:20.88 in the 200-yard breast. Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) finished the 200-yard butterfly in 2:06.59, claiming a pool record of her own.

The Wildcats also had record-breaking performances from Mann and Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.), as the pair both claimed pool records. Mann finished the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:06.10 in her first time swimming the event. Pelletier was equally impressive, notching a score 260.60 in the 1-meter dive.

UNH continued its hot streak, taking down Central Connecticut State (213-84) and Bryant University (221-69) in a dual meet at Swasey Pool on Nov. 5. The Wildcats claimed the top spot in 14 of 16 events on the day. Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) claimed the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle (52.14), 50-yard free (24.02) and 200-yard free (1:51.65), finishing the day at the top of the America East performance list in all three events. Pelletier also added a pair of first-place finishes, including a record-breaking performance in the one-meter dive with a school record score of 275.25. She also took the top spot in the three-meter dive, notching a score of 230.30.

The Wildcats return to action when they hit the road for the Boston University Invitational (Nov. 18-20) at Faneuil Pool.  
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