ORONO, MAINE – Led by a trio of swimmers that claimed multiple first-place finishes, the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team claimed a 185.5-109.5 victory over the University of Maine on Friday afternoon at Wallace Pool.
Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) finished in first place in both the 50-yard (24.57) and 200-yard freestyle (1:54.20). The Wildcats took the top two spots in both events, as Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) claimed second place in the 50-yard (25.01) and 200-yard freestyle (1:56.72), respectively.
Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) also nabbed a pair of first-place finishes, taking the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.85) and 100-yard freestyle (53.52). Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) chipped in by notching second place in the 100-yard free, finishing in 54.20 seconds.
Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was equally impressive, finishing in first place in the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle with times of 2:06.87 and 5:11.17, respectively.
New Hampshire was just as stellar in the diving events on the afternoon, as Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) swept the one- and three-meter dive, notching scores of 259.32 and 253.05, respectively.
The Wildcats also had a strong showing in the 200-yard backstroke, as Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) led the way with a first-place finish in the event, timing in at 2:08.81. Cooper and Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) added second- (2:13.59) and third-place finishes (2:14.74) in the event, respectively.
Additionally, UNH took the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle with Adria Morales (Canyon Country, Calif.) finishing in first place, clocking in at 10:35.11. Keefer (10:41.90) and Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.; 10:46.30) claimed second and third place in the event.
Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Grace Borchers (Evanston, Ill.) chipped with first-place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly, respectively. Little clocked in at 2:24.15, while Borchers touched down at 58.33.
The 'Cats also earned the top spot in the 200-yard medley relay, as Casey Albert (Enfield, N.H.), Cooper, Borchers and Suffel teamed up to finish in 1:50.44.
The Wildcats will begin the America East Championships on Thursday, Feb. 23. All events will take place at Boston University's Aquatics Center.