Return of 16 Lettermen Gives 2010-11 Cardinals High Hopes for Upcoming Season
Wesleyan returns 16 lettermen to the 2010-11 swimming & diving squad, led by co-captains Kevin McKeown '11 (bottom photo) and Darren Thomason '11 (top photo). They will spearhead the work ethic for a talented and hard-working squad that went 7-6 overall with NESCAC wins over Bates, Trinity, Bowdoin and Colby. The Cardinals went on to place seventh of 11 teams in the NESCAC Championships in 2009-10.
Top returnees from a year ago include diver Gianfranco Galluzzo '12, who achieved a "B" cut on both the one-meter and three-meter boards, earned all-NESCAC honors in the one-meter event and secured academic All-America recognition from the National Swimming Coaches Association. Graduated diver J.P. Valette '10 also was an academic All-American and a NESCAC champion on the one-meter board.
In the pool, Brendan Fortin '13 set a school mark in the 400 IM and attained a national "B" cut as well. He was one of the Cardinals' top performers during the NESCAC meet last year as he finished sixth in the 400 IM, ninth in the 200 fly and 11th in the 500 free, showing his tremendous versatility. Momo Saleh '12 came through with a sixth-place showing in the 1000 free and added ninth in the 1650 free. Others who are expected to contribute significantly to the Cardinals' fortunes in 2010-11 are free sprinters Jeff Arace '12 and Alex Brody '12, breaststroker Kuan Huang '12 and butterflyer Martin Kafina '13. Thomason's specialties are the free and breast while McKeown handles activities in the breast, fly and IM.
In addition to the 16 returnees, the Cardinals welcome four newcomers to the ranks who should help give the squad some extra points this season.
Wesleyan will face nine NESCAC rivals during the course of the 2010-11 season prior to the NESCAC Championships, taking on all but Middlebury and Hamilton in a dual-meet setting. Hamilton will be in Middletown for the annual Cardinal Invitational in December, however, as will Trinity, Clark and WPI. The season opens at home Sat., Nov. 21, as the Cardinals take on Trinity and Bates in a three-way affair.