Women’s Swimming & Diving Wins its Seventh Straight Dual Meet, Upsets Dartmouth, 166-134

HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) set a new pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke as the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team topped Dartmouth College, 166-134 at Karl Michael Pool Friday evening.

Mann's record of 2 minutes, 16.65 seconds was previously held by Susan Kim of Yale University, who recorded the mark (2:17.80) on Jan. 17, 2009.

The Big Green entered the match up ranked 15th nationally in the Division I mid major polls. New Hampshire remains unbeaten in dual meets this season, winning its seventh of the season. The Wildcats earned the top spot in 11 of 16 events, including the first six races.

The quartet of Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and Mann started the scoring for UNH in the 200-yard medley relay to place first in the event. Collectively, the group compiled a time of 1:48.00 to capture 11 points.

Senior Lauren McCandless  (Macungie, Pa.­) made it back-to-back wins for the 'Cats, racing to a first place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle. McCandless headlined the six participants, touching the wall at 10:17.52. Teammate Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) logged a third place finish in the event with a mark of 10:34.92.

Bull continued UNH's winning ways in the 200-yard freestyle to clock in at 1:52.13. Roberts added a top finish of her own in the 100-yard backstroke and logged a time of 56.25.

Entering the fifth event, New Hampshire owned a 49-24 edge. Mann powered UNH to its fifth consecutive top finish in the 100-yard breaststroke to earn a mark of 1:04.61. Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) also logged points for the Wildcats in the event, finishing with a time of 1:06.87. 

The 'Cats captured the top three spots in the 200-yard butterfly. McCandless headlined the UNH trio (2:02.15) while she was followed by Al. Morales (2:05.84) and Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.; 2:07.70).

On the boards, the 'Cats started on the three-meter dive. Junior Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) placed fourth by notching 230.25 points. Classmate Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia, Pa.) ranked fifth with a score of 189.89. The duo followed up with identical finishes on the one-meter, posting scores of 216.22 and 204.83 respectively. 

Bull earned another top finish in the 200-yard backstroke as the senior constructed a time of 2:05.11

McCandless, Roberts and Mann all earned first place finishes to cap off the dual meet. Registering a time 5:02.55, McCandless paced the 500-yard freestyle. Roberts headlined the 100-yard butterfly (56.60) while Mann claimed first in the 200-yard IM (2:06.34).

New Hampshire competes in its last home meet of the season on Friday, Jan. 24 at Swasey Pool. The Wildcats will host Yale University in a dual meet starting at 5 p.m. For more information about UNH women's swimming & diving, please visit UNHWildcats.com.

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