November 2, 2013

Women’s Swimming & Diving Rewrites Three More Records, Defeats Central Connecticut and Bryant

NEW BRITIAN, Conn.  – The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team claimed three more pool records, upending Central Connecticut 214.5-84.5 and Bryant 222-71 at Jack Suydam Natatorium Saturday afternoon.

New Hampshire remains undefeated during the 2013-14 season, earning its fourth and fifth straight victory.

The Wildcats won 13 of 16 events during the tri-meet. Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine), the reigning America East Swimmer of the Week, won three events and claimed two pool records in the 200-yard butterfly (2 minutes 2.41 seconds) and 400-yard individual medley (4:22.62). Additionally, Roberts was part of the record setting quartet of Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) in the 400-yard medley relay, clocking in at 3:54.85. Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) claimed first in two events, pacing the participants in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, earning times of 1:08.86 and 2:23.04 respectively.

After claiming the pool record in the 400-yard medley relay to open the meet, Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) continued the scoring for UNH, placing first in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Keefer touched the wall at 10:40.08, 6.34 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Bull tacked on another top time in the 100-yard backstroke, registering the only sub-minute time of group, recording a 58.40 mark.

UNH claimed the top three spots in the 200-yard butterfly. After Roberts' pool record, Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) touched the wall at 2:07.96 and 2:10.35 respectively. New Hampshire also notched the top two spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Sarah Broderick (24.92; Haverhill, Mass.) and Caspersen (25.10) led the event, consisting of 11 swimmers.  

Mann also tallied a first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. The junior powered her way through the water, registering a time of 2:07.46.

On the boards, Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a pair of runner-up finishes in the one and three-meter dives. Bonus registered a career-best 222.55 points on the high board while earning a score of 226.35 in the one-meter. Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) paced seven participants in the three-meter dive. The two-time conference Diver of the Week compiled a score of 232.70.

McCandless and Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) also secured the top two positions in the 500-yard freestyle. Morales skimmed the water to place second, earning a time of 5:10.25. McCandless led a group of 12 swimmers, clocking in at 5:08.33.

The Wildcats capped off the meet in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Mann, Roberts, Bull and Cooper were the top quartet, collectively constructing a time of 1:39.05. Trailing by just .70 seconds, the group of Broderick, Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), Emily Giambastini (Walnut Creek Calif.) and Caspersen compiled a runner-up finish of 1:39.75.

UNH returns to the water on the road, taking on Rhode Island. The dual meet against the Rams is slated for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The Wildcats next home meet will be Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. against Yale. For more information about UNH women's swimming & diving, please log onto UNHWildcats.com

 
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