Capturing titles in 11 of the 16 events during a three-way meet in Middletown Sat., Nov. 20, the Cardinals flew past Trinity and Bates by substantial margins. Wesleyan defeated Trinity for the eight straight year and 22nd time in the last 25 meetings with a 206-90 decision. The Cardinals avenged a setback to Bates a year ago by making it seven of the last eight with a 186-114 conquest.
Three Cardinals were champions of three events each. Cara Colker-Eybel '13 (photo lower left), honored prior to the meet for her Academic All-America status achieved in 2009-10, won the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 IM while also contributing to a win in the 200 medley relay. Cara Madden '11 (photo lower right) placed first in both the 100 and 200 back and the 50 free. She, too, was on board for the 200 medley relay win. Rachel Cohen '12 (top photo) came through with victories in the 200 fly, 500 free and 1000 free. Wesleyan's other individual title came from newcomer Tess Lemon '14, who took the 100 breast. She also was a member of the winning 200 medley relay quartet.
Wesleyan was hoping to use the momentum of its strong opening-day effort to its advantage when traveling to Amherst for its next meet Mon., Nov. 22. Still the Lord Jeffs pushed their streak vs. Wesleyan to 17 in a row with a 136-98 victory. Colker-Eybel was a standout with a win in the 100 free while anchoring the 400 free relay to first place. Taylor Hotvet '14 contributed two strong second-place finishes in the 200 and 500 free and was part of the 400 free relay. Madden, also on the victorious relay, was .09 seconds out of first in the 50 free. Cohen delivered a solid swim in the 1000 free, just five seconds behind the winner.
Ahead for Wesleyan is the annual Cardinal Invitational Sat. and Sun., Dec. 4-5. With visiting teams Trinity, Hamilton, Clark and WPI along with Fairfield's diving squad, the Cardinal Invitational mimics the NESCAC Championship with its bredth of events.