ORONO, Maine – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team finished the first day of the America East Championships in second place of five with a score of 106 points at the University of Maine.
The Wildcats started the swimming portion off in dominant fashion, shattering an America East Conference record, a Stanley M. Wallace Pool record and a UNH school record in the 800-yard free relay. Junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) went one step further and broke another pool record after blazing through the water in the leadoff leg of the relay, recording a time of 1:48.60. Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) swam the second part of the relay and recorded a time of 1:49.57. Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) went third and touched the wall at 1:49.60 while Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) anchored the team with a time of 1:49.91. The team finished nearly eight seconds ahead of the second place team from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
The Wildcats gained 34 points with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, after combining for a time of 1:43.12. Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Katie Mann (Maple Ridge, British Columbia), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Roberts made up the quartet.
Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) and Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) dove to fifth and sixth place in the 3-meter dive event. Pelletier recorded a score of 231.15 while Zahka dove to a 218.70 mark.
Day two will begin Friday at 10 a.m. and will consist of trials in the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, the 50 free and the 1-meter dive. Swimming finals start at 6 p.m. for the same events.
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