Women's Swimming & Diving Aims to Capture Back-to-Back America East Championships

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NOTE: The America East Swimming & Diving Championship events scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 have been postponed due to inclement weather. The 2014 Swimming & Diving Championship will begin Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:00 a.m. with the women's 400-yard IM.

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team enters the America East Championships and looks to retain its title at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center in a four-day meet starting Thursday, Feb. 13. 

LAST TIME OUT: New Hampshire placed first in 11 of 16 events, which included six 1-2-3 finishes, as part of a 170-122 win over the University of Maine (Jan. 31). Seniors Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) both placed first in two individual events and a relay. The Wildcats finished its dual meet campaign with an 8-1 overall record with a 2-0 mark against America East schools.

UNH AT THE AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS: UNH is looking to keep possession of the America East Championship and repeat for the first time since the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The Wildcats have won five conference titles, all under head coach Josh Willman. New Hampshire also has captured two ECAC titles in 2003 and 2011.

Last season, the Wildcats finished with an all-time league championship record of 858 points to claim their first title since 2006. Roberts paced the 'Cats with three victories to power the championship run. She won the 200-yard butterfly with a meet record time of 1 minute, 58.60 seconds to cap off a week in which she was also named the Most Outstanding Swimmer. Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.), was also excellent at the 2013 conference championships. She posted a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 2:14.18, a conference championship record. Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) won the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:48.18) for the third year in a row, while Bull tallied 54 individual points, including a win in the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.33) on the final day. 

The Wildcats currently occupy 11 America East Championship records. Here is a list of all the top marks that UNH owns at the conference championships:

Year Event Name(s) Time
2010 50-Yard Freestyle Mallory Morrel 23.07
2011 100-Yard Breaststroke Allison Nahin 1:02.48
2011 200-Yard Backstroke Amy Perrault 1:57.98
2011 1,650-Yard Freestyle Lauren McCandless* 16:39.20
2011 200-Yard Medley Relay

Amy Perrault
Allison Nahin
Lauren McCandless*
Shelli Reed

1:41.70
2011 400-Yard Medley Relay

Amy Perrault
Allison Nahin
Lauren McCandless*
Kiersten Wollenzien

3:43.89
2012 400-Yard IM Katie Mann* 4:14.10
2013 200-Yard Butterfly Jenni Roberts* 1:58.60
2013 200-Yard Breaststroke Katie Mann* 2:14.18
2013 200-Yard IM Jenni Roberts* 2:00.42
2013 800-Yard Freestyle Relay

Jenni Roberts*
Sydney Tribou
Shelli Reed
Jenna Bull*

7:17.68

* denotes current student-athlete

+ record set in lead leg of 200-yard freestyle relay


COLLECTING HARDWARE: New Hampshire swimmers are the most highly honored student-athletes in the America East, winning 33 major conference awards including 21 Swimmers of the Year (16 America East and 5 ECAC), six America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, four Rookie of the Year and two Senior High Point Coaches awards. During Willman's tenure, 342 swimmers have been crowned America East Champions and 103 have been named ECAC Champions. In total, Wildcat swimmers have broken over 242 school records, 90 America East records and 23 ECAC records. Below is a list of all the accolades Wildcats swimmers have been bestowed under the tutelage of Willman:

Year

America East
Swimmer(s) of the Year

America East
Scholar Athlete of the Year
America East
Senior High Point Award
ECAC
Swimmer of the Year
1993 N/A Mike Dix N/A N/A
1994 N/A Dan Bailey N/A N/A
1995 Denise Leckenby & Jeremy Hutchinson N/A N/A N/A
1996 Denise Leckenby & Ian Smith Denise Leckenby N/A Denise Leckenby
1997 Denise Leckenby & Frank Reeves N/A N/A N/A
1998 Denise Leckenby Denise Leckenby N/A Denise Leckenby
1999 Kristen Zeimetz & Ian Smith Kristin Latourelle N/A N/A
2000 Brian Lucey N/A N/A N/A
2003 Shannon Daly N/A N/A N/A
2004 N/A N/A N/A Shannon Daly
2005 Melissa Lague N/A N/A N/A
2006 Kary Goodman N/A Shannon Daly Kary Goodman
2007 Kary Goodman N/A N/A N/A
2008 Amy Perrault (Rookie of the Year)
N/A Kary Goodman N/A
2009 Jessica Little (Rookie of the Year) N/A N/A N/A
2010 Amy Perrault N/A N/A N/A
2011 Lauren McCandless (Rookie of the Year) N/A Amy Perrault Amy Perrault
2012 Katie Mann (Swimmer/Rookie of the Year)
Lauren McCandless N/A N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

EARNING THE RANK: In the latest Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll, New Hampshire ranks 20th amongst all non-BCS institutions. The highest ranking UNH has received this season in the poll was 12 th (Jan. 29). The Wildcats are the lone America East school featured in the poll.

WEEKLY ACCOLADES: Four different UNH swimmers and a diver have garnered weekly honors from the conference during the 2013-14 campaign. Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Bull, McCandless and Roberts have all claimed America East Swimmer of the Week honors. Roberts is the lone repeat conference Swimmer of the Week this season, recently garnering the award on Jan. 28. Furthermore, the senior was tabbed as the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 29. It marked the first weekly national award that UNH has received in program history. On the boards, junior diver Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) has been named America East Diver of the Week twice this season. Here is the complete list of award winners for the 2013-14 season: 

Date

Name

Award

Oct. 15, 2013

Jenna Bull

America East Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 15, 2013

Nicole Zahka

America East Diver of the Week

Oct. 22, 2013

Lauren McCandless  

America East Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 29, 2013

Jenni Roberts

America East Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 29, 2013

Nicole Zahka

America East Diver of the Week

Nov. 26, 2013

Oneida Cooper

America East Swimmer of the Week

Jan. 28, 2014

Jenni Roberts

America East Swimmer of the Week

Jan. 29, 2014

Jenni Roberts

Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com
Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week


 

BROKEN RECORDS: The UNH swimming & diving team has snapped a myriad of pool records this season. 

McCandless claimed a Swasey Pool record against Vermont on Oct. 19 in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:02.03. In the ensuing meet against Northeastern (Oct. 26), a trio of Swasey Pool records fell to current members of the Wildcats. Roberts recorded her historical mark in the 200-yard IM, touching the wall at 2:04.53, trumping a 17-year mark set by Oyster River High School and Stanford standout Jessica Tucker-Mohl. McCandless broke her own record that she set against Vermont (Oct. 19) in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 2:01.92 seconds. Mann improved her 2:18.17 record that she established last year against Maine (Feb. 1, 2013), powering her way to a 2:18.10 time in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Roberts rewrote two individual records at Jack Suydam Natatorium in a tri-meet against Central Connecticut and Bryant (Nov. 2). The senior set pool marks in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.41 seconds) and 400-yard individual medley (4:22.62). In addition, Roberts was a part of the record setting quartet of Bull, Mann and McCandless in the 400-yard medley relay, clocking in at 3:54.85. Mann set a new pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.65 at Dartmouth on Jan. 17.

The 'Cats rewrote three of its own pool records their final home meet of the dual meet season against Yale (Jan. 24). New Hampshire kicked off the meet by setting a record in the 400-yard medley relay. The squad consisted of Bull, Mann, Roberts and Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.), constructing a mark of 3:50.30. McCandless, the pool record holder in the 200-yard butterfly, improved her best time. The senior trimmed off a hundredth of a second off her previous mark, touching the wall at 2:01.91. Roberts improved her 200-yard IM record to lead UNH 1-2-3 finish with a time of 2:03.37.

AMERICA EAST ELITE: UNH swimmers occupy the top rank amongst America East swimmers in numerous events this season. Here is the breakdown and times in which New Hampshire swimmers pace the conference in each event:

Event

Name

Time

200-Yard Freestyle

Jenni Roberts

1:50.75

500-Yard Freestyle

Oneida Cooper

4:53.70

1,000-Yard Freestyle

Lauren McCandless  

10:14.18

50-Yard Backstroke

Oneida Cooper

27.17

100-Yard Backstroke

Jenni Roberts

56.25

200-Yard Breaststroke

Katie Mann

2:16.65

100-Yard Butterfly

Jenni Roberts

56.05


Oneida Cooper

56.05
200-Yard Butterfly

Lauren McCandless

2:00.13
200-Yard IM

Jenni Roberts

2:02.92
400-Yard IM

Katie Mann

4:18.88
400-Yard Medley Relay

Oneida Cooper
Katie Mann
Lauren McCandless
Jenni Roberts

3:49.81


FOUR-PEAT: McCandless enters the conference championships looking to defend her title in the 1,650-yard freestyle. If the senior places first in the distance event, she would become the only swimmer in America East history to win the event four times. Here are McCandless' previous times in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the America East Championships:

Year Time 
2011    16:39.20*
2012 16:42.39
2013 16:48.18

* America East record

THREE-PEATS: Mann looks to improve her America East best times in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.18) and 400-yard IM (4:14.10). The junior has won both events the previous two years. Mann has the opportunity to be the first triple winner of the 200-yard breaststroke since UNH's Jessica Little accomplished the feat between 2009 to 2011. In the 400-yard IM, she would be the next three-time winner since UNH's Kristen Nardozzi earned the accomplishment between 2001 to 2003. UNH has held a winner in the 200-yard breaststroke for the last five conference championships.

Year 200-Yard Breaststroke Time  400-Yard IM Time
2012 2:15.65 4:14.10*
2013 2:14.18* 4:14.81

* America East record

THE WILLMAN FILE: A 1984 graduate of the University of Miami (FL), Willman began his coaching career just after graduation at the YMCA and U.S.A. Swimming level. Willman entered the collegiate coaching arena as the assistant coach for New Hampshire in 1991 and took over the program the following season when he earned his first coaching honor as the Men's Coach of the Year. Since then, New Hampshire's success has not gone unnoticed, as Willman has become the America East Conference's most highly decorated coach. In his 21st season at UNH, he has been selected America East Coach of the Year 12 times in the past 20 years (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and ECAC Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2011 and 2013).

SPANNING THE GLOBE: UNH swimmers come to Durham from all around the globe, representing four different countries. Of the 18 student-athletes on the UNH women's swimming & diving team, 13 are from the United States while five are from abroad. Three of the five international swimmers are from Canada while the other two are from Denmark and South Africa.  

Nicole Anderson (Dover) hails from the Granite State, while Sarah Broderick (Haverhill) Bernadette Byrne (Braintree) and Nicole Zahka (Medway) come from Massachusetts. Roberts (Springvale) and Kathryn Violette (Portland) are from Maine while Kelsey Fachini (East Hampton) and Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury) are from Connecticut. Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia) and McCandless (Macungie) each hail from Pennsylvania. Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Virginia), Lauren Marsden (Washington, D.C.) and Sarah Olver (Milwaukee, Wis.) are the lone representatives of their states/districts. Three student-athletes came to New Hampshire from the opposite side of the country in California. The Morales sisters, Adria and Allison, hail from Santa Clarita while Emily Giambastini comes from Walnut Creek. 

Outside of the United States, Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and Megan Suffel (Cornwall Ontario) are from Canada. Bettina Caspersen came to UNH from Lyngby, Denmark as Cooper arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa.

COACHING CREW: The UNH swimming and diving coaching staff consists of four personnel. Outside of Willman, associate head coach Jarrod Zwirko (New Hampshire '04) is in his sixth season with the program. Diving coach Robin Kamil (Rhode Island '04) joined the Wildcats for her first season with the program. Volunteer assistant Jared Felker (Virginia '00) is in his third season with the team and works primarily with the sprint and stroke groups.

DUE NEXT: Select members of the UNH women's swimming & diving team will compete at the ECAC Championships, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. starting Friday, Feb. 28. For the latest news and information on the UNH women's swimming & diving team, log onto www.unhwildcats.com.

 
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