CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team won its season opener, defeating Boston College 217-140 at the William J. Flynn Recreation Complex Saturday afternoon.
UNH won every event in the meet and captured the top three spots in eight events.
Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) highlighted the Wildcats, placing first in the 100-yard backstroke (57.68), 100-yard butterfly (56.72) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.44). Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Germany) ranked first in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 1:08.64 and 2:24.78 respectively.
In the opening event, the Wildcats were victorious in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Caspersen, Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) compiled a time of 1:50.57, claiming 11 points.
Junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) paced the 1,000-yard freestyle as the Wildcats were featured in the top three spots. Morales touched the wall at 10:38.00 while Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) and Lauren Marsden (Washington, D.C.) earned times of 10:44.78 and 10:51.35 respectively.
UNH continued their winning ways, seizing first in the opening eight events, leading 96-24.
Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) brought another first-place tally in the 200-yard backstroke, registering a time of 2:08.00, giving New Hampshire a 148-49 advantage.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Roberts and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) claimed the top two spots, clocking in sub-minute times of 56.72 and 58.69 respectively.
Leading 169-56, Zahka and Bonus returned to the boards to compete in the three-meter dive. Zahka earned a runner-up score of 203.02 while Bonus registered a score of 186.62, good for fifth place.
UNH concluded the event, placing in the top three spots in the 200-yard individual medley and earning first in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The triad of Roberts, Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) and Mann recorded times of 2:05.04, 206.02 and 2:07.84 respectively. The team of Broderick, Roberts, Emily Magnavita (South Glastonburg, Conn.) and Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) compiled a time of 1:39.93 in the relay event.
New Hampshire returns to the pool for its home opener Saturday, Oct. 19 as the 'Cats host America East foe Vermont. The dual meet is set to begin at 12 p.m.