Dartmouth Edges Women's Swimming & Diving, 160-140

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team fell for the first time this season after Dartmouth edged the Wildcats, 160-140 Wednesday evening. 

The loss drops the squad to 6-1 on the season.

The Wildcats opened the meet up with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, posting a time of 1:48.08. Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia), Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) made up the team. Dartmouth's Olivia Samson edged Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) in the next event, the 1000 free, as she touched the wall at 10:18.42. McCandless posted a time of 10:27.97 in the event. 

In the third event, Roberts shattered the pool record in the 200 free after touching the wall with a time of 1:50.76, giving the Wildcats nine points. The Big Green's Kendese Nangle posted a first place finish in the fourth event, the 100 yard back stroke. Cooper was just shy of Nangle for a second place finish.

Mann took gold in the 100 breaststroke after ringing in a time of 1:06.22 while McCandless took event six, the 200 yard fly (2:04.32). Dartmouth took the next three consecutive events, including the 50 free, the 1-meter dive and the 100 free.

Roberts and Mann answered with a pair of consecutive victories in events 10 and 11. Roberts finished first in the 200 back with a  time of 2:02.81 while Mann dominated the 200 breaststroke, finishing at 2:20.56. 

Samson picked up her second victory of the night in event 12 as she finished first in the 500 free with a time of 5:01.13. Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished second with a time of 5:04.32. Roberts picked up her fourth first-place finish of the meet in the 13th event when she placed first in the 100 fly (55.74).

Dartmouth swept the diving categories when Katy Feng dove to a top score of 262.95. Mann kept powering through the water, earning a first-place finish in the 200 IM (2:06.89). The Big Green closed out the meet by setting a pool record in the 200 free relay, posting a time of 1:37.59. 

Through 16 events, Dartmouth edged the Wildcats, 160-140.

New Hampshire returns to the pool Monday, Jan. 21 when it travels to Boston University for a conference meet. The first event is set for 3:30 p.m.

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