The 1998-99 Wesleyan men's swimming and diving team finished the year with a 5-6 record in dual meets. At the season-ending competition, the New England Division III Championships at Williams, Wesleyan placed a favorable ninth of 26 teams, a performance which pleased head coach Brenda Straker. Having lost a number of competitors to a semester abroad in January, including last season's top swimmer (NCAA Division III qualifier Aaron Rosenberg '01), the top-10 placing by the Cardinals was a tribute to the team's hard work and dedication. The team's strength came from breaststroker Dan Fisher '01, who had the team's top individual effort at New Englands (4th in the 100 breast) and placed in the top 10 in three events ; and individual medley participant Zeke Rauscher '01, who placed among the top 10 in both the 100 and 200 IM, including a team-record :55.39 clocking in the 100. Diver Abbott Willard '02 also had two top-10 outings as he was sixth in the one-meter board with a team record 419.3 score and ninth in the one-meter event. During the year Willard set a dual-meet team record in the one-meter board as well.
SUMMARY OF THE NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
TOP 10 TEAMS SCORING IN NEW ENGLAND DIVISION III MEET AT WILLIAMS:
Williams 1742, Middlebury 1434, Amherst 1169.5, Springfield 616, Tufts 607, Coast Guard 598.5, Bates 522, Colby 466, Wesleyan 453.5, Bridgewater St. 405.5.
WESLEYAN'S INDIVIDUAL POINT-GETTERS (top 24) AT NEW ENGLANDS:
200 free relay: Clif Scher '99, Rob Barlow '02, Adrian Woo '00, Jim Gilbane '99, 13th, 1:29.69.
500 free: Sean McCauley ,'01 20th, 4:55.54.
100 fly: David Andrews '02, 14th, :54.61.
50 breast: Dan Fisher '01, 9th, :27.58.
200 back: Jim Gilbane, 17th, 2:00.41.
200 IM : Zeke Rauscher '01, 9th, 2:00.05.
400 medley relay: Jim Gilbane, Dan Fisher, David Andrews, Zeke Rauscher, 7th, 3:37.10.
1-meter dive: Abbott Willard '02, 8th, 351.35 ; Tom Mackie '00, 22nd, 247.15.
200 medley relay: Jim Gilbane, Dan Fisher, David Andrews, Zeke Rauscher, 6th, 1:38.93.
50 fly: David Andrews, 20th, :24.71.
200 free: Zeke Rauscher, 17th, 1:46.91.
100 back: Jim Gilbane, 18th, :55.97.
100 breast: Dan Fisher, 4th, :59.82.
800 free relay: Rob Barlow, Clif Scher, David Andrews, Zeke Rauscher, 7th, 7:10.33.
1650 free: Rob Barlow, 19th, 17:17.32 ; Sean McCauley, 24th, 17:30.19.
200 breast: Dan Fisher, 7th, 2:11.64.
100 IM: Zeke Rauscher, 7th, :55.66 (note: set team record with :55.39 during trials) ; Jim Gilbane, 10th, :56.13.
200 fly: Juaquin Moya '02, 19th, 2:03.05.
3-meter dive: Abbott Willard, 6th, 419.3 (team record) ; Tom Mackie, 22nd, 252.4.
400 free relay: Clif Scher, David Andrews, Jim Gilbane, Zeke Rauscher, 8th, 3:12.99.