BOSTON — The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team posted 649.5 points, claiming third place at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships held at Boston University's Aquatic Center this past weekend.
UNH swimmers have earned the Rookie of the Year award in four of the last five years. It is also the 21st time a Wildcat has been named Swimmer of the Year (16 America East and 5 ECAC) in head coach Josh Willman's 20-year tenure at New Hampshire.
Additionally, UNH earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight year, taking home the honor for the 12th time in Willman's career.
UNH kicked off the final day of the championships earning first and fourth place in the 1650-yard freestyle, with Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) taking the top spot with a time of 16 minutes and 42.39 seconds. Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) wasn't far behind, clocking in at 17:08.71.
New Hampshire followed up grabbing third place in next four events, starting with Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) finishing the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.50. Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) and Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) touched down at 51.31 and 2:17.05 in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. McCandless timed in at 2:01.53 in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Wildcats finished the day collecting fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), Tribou, Reed and Bull finishing in 3:27.49.
New Hampshire opened the championships with a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, timing in at 7:28.45 seconds. Reed, McCandless, Bull and Tribou all swam a leg in the event.
The Wildcats also finished in third in the 200-yard medley relay with Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Little, McCandless and Reed teaming up to finish the event in 1:45.32.
On day two the Wildcats were led by a record-breaking performance from Mann, as she set a meet and America East record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.32. Cooper followed up with a fourth-place finish in the event, clocking in at 2:04.75.
Midway through the action Magnavita picked up a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, timing in at 24.03.
Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) provided a lift for the 'Cats in the three-meter dive, claiming third place with a score of 238.55.
UNH capped off the day taking fourth place (1:35.59) in the 200-yard freestyle relay with Reed, Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario), Magnavita and Tribou all swimming a leg in the event.
Mann once again paved the way for UNH on day three, setting a school and conference record with her first-place finish in the 400 IM, timing in at 4:14.10. The recording breaking swim not only qualifies as an NCAA provisional cut but ranks 42nd in the country.
The Wildcats had a strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle, as Tribou and Reed nabbed second (1:49.98) and fifth place (1:50.70), respectively.
Little and Cooper chipped in with a third-place finishes in respective events. Little finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.33 while Cooper clocked in at 56.86 in the 100-yard backstroke.