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Big Green Women Pick up 160-140 Win at New Hampshire

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Kendall Farnham took runner-up honors in the 100 and 200 butterfly.      By Mark Washburn
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DURHAM, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team won eight events en route to a 160-140 win over instate rival, New Hampshire, in Durham, N.H., on Wednesday (Jan. 16) night. Highlighting the meet was the Big Green 200-free relay setting a new pool record with a time of 1:37.59.

The win was the second consecutive for the Big Green over the Wildcats and was the first win at UNH's Swasey Pool since the 2008-09 season.

Olivia Samson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) dominated the distance events by claiming both the 1000-meter freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Her time of 10:18.42 in the 1000 was more than 10 seconds faster than the second place finisher from New Hampshire. She took the 500-freestyle title with a time of 5:01.13. Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) came in third with a time of 5:05.56.

Kendese Nangle (Kingston, Jamaica) and Charlotte Kamai (Corte Madera, Calif.) combined to give the Big Green a boost in the sprint events. Nangle claimed the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.83 while Kamai won the 100 free with a time of 52.08. The duo went 1-2 in the 50-free with Nangle taking top honors with a time of 24.20, just ahead of Kamai who took second with a time of 24.47.

The Big Green divers also had a fantastic evening and claimed top honors on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Erica Serpico (Moorestown, N.J.) picked up her second straight 1-meter title with a score of 260.70. There were familiar faces in the runner-up and third-place spots as Katy Feng (Westford, Mass.) and Fiona Weeks (Clinton, Wash.) took second and third place with scores of 256.95 and 246.60, respectively. Feng took the 3-meter title with a score of 262.95, while Serpico finished second (254.32) and Weeks in fourth (213.96).

In the butterfly events Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.) took runner-up honors in the 100 and 200 butterfly with a times of 57.71and 2:06.65.

Charlotte Williams (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the Dartmouth contingent in the 100 breastroke, taking second place with a time of 1:07.51. Mary Van Metre (Edina, Minn.) and Koryn Ternes (Austin, Texas) rounded out the competition with times of 1:09.04 and 1:09.08, respectively.  

The Big Green will jump back into the water Jan. 25-26 when they host the third annual Dartmouth Invitational. The Big Green will welcome UMass, Northeastern, Boston College, Maine, Connecticut College, Boston University and Vermont to the event held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt.