DURHAM, N.H. — Anna Metzler (Regengsburg, Germany) was one of four Wildcats to win two individual events, including one in pool-record time, to lead the University of New Hampshire swimming & diving team to Friday evening’s 154-116 Senior Day victory against the University of Maine at Swasey Pool.
Metzler, the reigning America East Swimmer of the Week, raced to a pool record time of 2 minutes, 2.59 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley. She led UNH’s 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 freestyle in 1:50.98.
Melissa Dingle (Brighton, Ontario) and Jamy Lum (Honolulu, Hawaii) both won two individual events and were part of the winning 400 free relay. Dingle swept the backstrokes with a time of 26.55 seconds in the 50 and 2:05.67 in the 200. Lum was the fastest swimmer in both breaststroke races; she touched the wall in 30.37 seconds in the 50 and 2:20.00 in the 200.
Olivia Stille (Stockholm, Sweden) bested all swimmers in the 50 and 100 free races; she was clocked in 24.63 seconds in the 50 and 53.50 in the 100.
With this victory, UNH leads the Border Battle presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, 8-5. There are four UNH vs. Maine matchups remaining in the 2019-20 season series.
* New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 13-16 at the America East Championships, which will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Sports & Recreation Center.
Score: New Hampshire 159, Maine 111
Location: Durham, N.H. (Swasey Pool)
Date: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
Records: UNH 5-1 (4-0 AE), Maine 1-3 (0-2 AE)
HOW IT HAPPENED
* UNH raced to a 15-2 lead by taking first and second place in the 400 free. Paige Hillis (Mississauga, Ontario) swam the anchor leg in 52.97 seconds to give UNH a winning time of 3:51.40.
* Led by a first-place finish from Allison Stefanelli (Loudonville, N.Y.) in the 3-meter dive, the Wildcats extended the advantage to 30-6. Anna Burns (Falmouth, Maine) finished second with 229.80 points.
* Metzler was followed by Audrey Tirrell (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Hillis in the 200 freestyle to extend the margin to 46-9.
* UNH took the top two spots in the 50 back to outscore Maine 14-5 and take a 60-14 lead.
* Lum won the 50 breast, then Madison Linstedt (Marion, Ohio) took first place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.29, and Stille captured the 50 free.
* Stefanelli and Burns finished second and third, respectively, in the 1-meter dive to push the advantage to 109-41 through eight events.
* Stille returned to the pool to win the 100 free.
* Dingle led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 back to advance UNH’s lead to 139-49.
* Lum and Miranda Bacon (Scotia, N.Y.) were the two fastest swimmers in the 200 breast and the margin expanded to 154-53.
* UNH conceded every point in the last four events and, as a result, Maine amassed 63 of its 116 points.
* Paige Edmier (Bartlett, Ill.) recorded the fastest time in the 500 free. She completed the 20 laps in 5:13.58.
* The ‘Cats placed second in both the 50 fly and 200 free relay; they were edged at the wall by .07 of a second in both events.
* New Hampshire won 12 of 15 events and has won 75 of 92 events in six dual meets this season.
* This was UNH’s third dual meet in a seven-day span. The Wildcats were victorious at Stony Brook (142-88) and Binghamton (193-107) last Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
* The senior trio of Burns, Corinne Carbone (Medway, Mass.) and Stefanelli were honored for their hard work and dedication to the program prior to the start of Friday’s meet.
* Carbone swam the third leg of the winning 400 free relay and placed second in the 50 back.
Courtesy: Maine Athletics
Durham, N.H. — The University of Maine women’s swimming & diving team fell at New Hampshire 159-111 in Friday evening’s ‘Border Battle’, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.
Chen scored her individual victory in the 50-yard butterfly event, pacing the field with a final time of 26.55. Mansfield scored the individual win in the 200-yard IM at 2:17.30 while Rengifo added a win with a time of 5:13.84 in the 500-yard freestyle event.
Maine swept the top three spots in the 500 free with Emily Lund (2nd – 5:33.11) and Alex Bromley (3rd – 5:40.29) joining 500-free winner Rengifo on the podium. Rengifo added a runner-up showing in the 200-fly with a time of 2:08.79.
The Black Bears also took the top three spots in both the 50-yard fly event with Chen setting the tone followed by Pontius at 28.45 and Emily Ketch in third with a time of 28.59.
Following Mansfield, the top finisher in the 200 IM, were Syd Loper in second at 2:18.53 and Anna McCurdy who placed third at 2:27.01.
Aside from her runner-up showing in the 200-free relay, Strolic added a pair of third place victories in the 50-yard backstroke (27.98) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.19).
The Black Bears are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they travel to take on Providence at 11 a.m. in the final regular season meet of the season.