February 19, 2014

UNH’s Mann Named the Philip Hunsaker Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week

SOMERS, Wis. – Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team has been named the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week, announced Wednesday morning.

Mann is the second Wildcat this season to be bestowed the national honor. Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) earned the weekly award on Jan. 29. 

The junior set three America East records over the three-day meet, while winning two events. New Hampshire went on to win the conference title for a second consecutive year and sixth in program history with a championship record of 877 points.

Mann paced the field in the 200-yard IM and set a new conference record with a time of 1 minute, 59.12 seconds. She also garnered gold in the 400 IM, snapping her own America East record and earning a NCAA B cut time of 4:14.10. Mann became the first three-time winner of the event since UNH's Kristen Nardozzi accomplished the feat between 2001 to 2003. 

Mann also posted UNH program records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. In a 200 breaststroke time trial, the junior split a 1:02.17 at the 100 mark, breaking the UNH record (Allison Nahin, 2011, 1:02.48). Mann went on to finish the race with a new school record and NCAA provisional standard of 2:10.30, ranking her 19th nationally in Division I.

The junior was also a member of the record setting quartet in the 400-yard freestyle relay, compiling a time of 3:41.88. 

The Wildcats return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 28 to start a three-day meet at the ECAC Championships, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. For the latest news and information on the UNH women's swimming & diving team, please visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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