Women’s Swimming & Diving Continues Record Setting Ways, Remains in First After Day Two of America East Championships
WORCESTER, Mass. – Three records fell as the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team remains in first place after day two of the America East Championships at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center Saturday.
After day two, New Hampshire continues to lead the field with 576 points. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County sits in second with 491 points. The University of Vermont (458), Binghamton University (327), and the University of Maine (321) complete the standings.
The Wildcats accumulated three first place individual finishes as well as a top finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
New Hampshire kicked off the day in the 200-yard medley relay. The group of Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.), Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) placed third with 32 points, recording a time of 1 minute, 44.10 seconds.
Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) captured the top two spots on the podium in the 400-yard IM, earning 37 points for UNH. Mann shattered her own America East record of 4:14.10 set in 2012, touching the wall at a NCAA B cut time of 4:12.91 (20 points), just eight hundredths of a second shy of the pool record. Mann is the first three-time winner of the 400-yard IM since UNH's Kristen Nardozzi accomplished the feat between 2001 to 2003. Bull compiled a time of 4:20.06, good for second place (17 points). Freshman Lauren Marsden (Washington, D.C.) tacked on a 10th place finish for the Wildcats, notching a mark of 4:38.20 and earned seven points.
Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) defended her title in the 100-yard butterfly. Roberts clocked in at an NCAA B cut and pool record 53.96 (20 points), shaving off .64 seconds from her 2013 time. Junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) earned bronze in the event, logging a time of 56.38 (16 points). Classmate Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) blazed through the water to earn a mark of 57.93, placing 11th in the field and receiving six points.
UNH went one-two in the 200-yard freestyle. Juniors Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) posted times of 1:50.24 (20 points) and 1:50.89 (17 points) for the top two spots respectively. Broderick was tagged seventh in the event, posting a time of 1:53.50 and notching 12 points. Senior Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) ranked 14th in the field, logging a time of 1:54.11 (three points).
Caspersen paced the Wildcats effort in the 100-yard breaststroke. The sophomore placed sixth in the event, clocking in at 1:04.78 (13 points). Freshman Sarah Olver (Milwaukee, Wis.) earned a ninth place finish and nine points, touching the wall at 1:05.22.
Anderson registered a career-best in the 100-yard backstroke. The junior led UNH to 17 points and a second place finish with a time of 56.63. Freshman Emily Giambastini (Walnut Creek, Calif.) broke the top 10 in the field to place ninth (nine points) with a mark of 58.42.
On the boards, Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) earned bronze in the three-meter dive to lead New Hampshire. The two-time America East Diver of the Week tallied a score of 222.60 in the event and awarded 16 points.
UNH capped off the second day of the conference championships, snapping a pool record in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The leading quartet of Roberts, Cooper, McCandless and Bull raced through the water to earn a time of 7:21.47. The Wildcat squad broke the previous pool record by 10.39 seconds and earned 40 points.
New Hampshire enters the final day of the conference championships on Sunday, Feb. 16. The Wildcats start the meet with the preliminary 200-yard backstroke at 10 a.m. For more information about the UNH women's swimming & diving team, please visit www.UNHWildcats.com.