DURHAM, N.H., December 2. JOSH Willman, head coach of the women's swimming and diving team at the University of New Hampshire, announced Tuesday that he received five national letters of intent from student-athletes who will begin competing for the UNH swim team in Fall 2004.
Brittany Daly (Brightwaters, N.Y.) has been a Sectional and junior national qualifier in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles as well as a senior national qualifier in the 400 and 800 free relay. Other accomplishments at Bay Shore High School include team MVP and four-time county champ in both the 200 and 500 free.
Kary Goodman (South Windham, Maine), who was recruited by Miami, South Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland and Notre Dame, is a 2003 U.S. Open and Senior National qualifier in the 100 fly. Goodman swims for the Westbrook Seals under the guidance of former collegiate coach Rocco Aceto and holds Westbrook High School records in the 100 fly, 100 back and 500 free. She was an All American in the 100 fly and was Maine Women's Swimmer of the year in both 2002 and 2003.
Kate Haigney (Upper Montclair, N.J.) is a versatile swimmer who has been a junior national and U.S. Open Qualifier for the White Plains Middies. Haigney competed and finaled at the YMCA Nationals in 2002. She primarily competes in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle.
Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) competed at the YMCA Nationals in the 50 and 100 free and 100 butterfly. She holds school records at Ridgefield High School in both the 200 free and medley relays. In 2003, Petchonka placed fifth at the Connecticut States in the 100 fly as well as 10th in the 50 free.
Christine Tartaglia (Brewster, N.Y.) was a New York State Champion in the 100 breaststroke, Connecticut Senior Open Champion in the 200 breast and U.S. Open qualifier in the 100-meter breast in 2003. In 2002, she placed third and ninth in the Speedo Series Championships in the 100 and 200 breast, respectively. Tartaglia holds the Brewster High School records in the 200 individual medley and 100 breast. In addition, Tartaglia received All-America consideration in the 100 breast.
"We signed five women this fall to the swim team on to what is shaping up to be our strongest freshman class ever, and I couldn't be more excited about these young women," Willman said. "They will add a great deal to our team. Brittany Daly will join her older sister Shannon, who was America East Swimmer of the Year as a freshman for the Wildcats in 2003. Kary Goodman is one of the top butterflyers in the country and was heavily recruited by a number of Top 10 swimming schools. We are excited to see what she can do for us next year. Tartaglia, Petchonka and Haigney are all standouts in their own right and will find themselves right at the top of the conference next season."