Cara Colker-Eybel '13 Ends Regular Season on High Note, Sets School Records in NESCAC Meet
Wesleyan captured nine of 16 events during
a meet against both Bowdoin and Colby with Trinity also in attendance
against the Maine colleges only in Middletown Sat., Jan. 30. In doing
so, Wesleyan produced comfortable victories vs. both rivals with a
168-131 conquering of Bowdoin and a 171-128 triumph over Colby.
Leading the way as she has all season was Cara Colker-Eybel '13 (main
photo) as she captured three individual events and helped the Cardinals
win the 400 medley relay with an outstanding 100 fly split of :58.01.
She did not compete in an individual fly event during the meet but the
winning time of the 100 fly was over a minute. Colker-Eybel took the
100 and 200 free in times of :53.62 and 1:56.00. The Wesleyan school
record for the 100 free is :53.08, a mark well within her reach by
season's end. The 400 IM also went Colker-Eybel's way in a time of
Cara Madden '11 (photo insert upper left) was a double winner for the
Cards as she captured the 100 back (1:01.37) and the 50 free (:25.10)
while also contributing to the win in the 400 medley relay. Diver Naima
Ford '11 (photo insert upper right) picked up first-place points on
both boards and Rachel Cohen '12 rounded out the Wesleyan wins with the
title in the 200 fly.
Wesleyan had equal success in its final dual meet of the year when Coast
Guard came to Middletown Sat, Feb. 6, winning by a 169-126 score.
Wesleyan had top performances in 13 of 16 events with Colker-Eybel again
capturing the 100 and 200 free as well as the 200 IM. The Cardinals
had four other multiple events winners in the meet. Ford swept the
diving events once again while Cohen matched Colker-Eybel with three top
prizes (1000 free, 100 and 200 fly). Sam Santaniello '13 captured both
the 100 and 200 breaststroke and Madden repeated with victories in the
100 back and 50 free.
After two weeks of preparation, Wesleyan began action in the annual
NESCAC Championships, this year hosted by Middlebury Feb. 19-21. On the
opening day, Colker-Eybel finished fifth in the 200 IM while setting a
school mark in the prelims with a national "B" cut time of 2:09.07. She
bettered her own team mark by more than three seconds. Also
highlighting the day with a third-place showing, good for all-NESCAC
honors, in the 50 backstroke was Madden, timed in :27.76, just .11
seconds off her own Wesleyan record. Niki Holtzman '10 added a
fifth-place showing in the 50 fly with a :26.58 clocking.
On the second day of the NESCAC meet, Colker-Eybel was the top performer
as she placed third for all-NESCAC laurels in the 100 fly with a
national "B" cut time of :57.88. Madden finished eighth in the 100 back
The final day brought about just one swimming finalist as Colker-Eybel
grabbed seventh in the 100 free (:53.79). During the meet, Ford was the
eighth-place finisher on both diving boards with a one-meter score of
365.10 and a three-meter posting of 341.85.
The quartet of Madden, Ally Anderson '13, Holtzman and Colker-Eybel
hooked up to set a pair of school records in the relays as they had a
1:38.81 in the 200 free relay and a 3:35.63 in the 400 free relay
prelims. Wesleyan placed fifth in both events.
As a team, Wesleyan came in ninth of 11 squads with 605 points.
Williams won its 10th consecutive NESCAC crown.