ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and junior Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) earned provisional cuts in the 200-yard IM, highlighting the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team after day one of the ECAC Championships, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy at Lejeune Hall Friday.
UNH garnered a first place finish as well as a pair of second place rankings in the first day of competition. The Wildcats registered 90 points to rank fifth in the field.
New Hampshire seized the top two spots on the podium on the 200-yard IM. Furthermore, the Wildcat tandem were the only two in the event to earn NCAA provisional cuts. Roberts retained her title from last year, clocking in at 2 minutes, .24 seconds to claim gold and 20 points. Cooper was 2.13 seconds off the pace to register a time of 2:02.37 for second (17 points). Classmate Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) notched a seventh place finish (12 points), touching the wall at 2:07.80.
Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) competed in the 500-yard freestyle. Mann earned a runner-up finish, blazing through the water to earn with a time of 4:51.81 (17 points). McCandless tallied a fourth place mark (15 points) in the finals heat with a time of 4:57.47.
Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) participated in the 50-yard freestyle race. After a 24.36 time in the preliminary heat, the sophomore was ranked in the 'B' group for the finals race. Caspersen paced the group in the afternoon dash to earn ninth overall (nine points), clocking in at 23.98. The sophomore's time was the sixth fastest time in the field of 30 participants.
Day two of the three-day meet begins Saturday with the preliminaries at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m. For the latest news on the UNH women's swimming & diving team, please visit UNHWildcats.com.