Led by a pair of individual titles from Rachel Cohen '12 (photo insert upper left) the Cardinals collected 1,282.5 points in the 24-event Cardinal Invitational Sat. and Sun., Dec. 4-5 to outpoint visiting Hamilton, Trinity, WPI and Clark. Hamilton placed second, 144.5 points shy of the Cardinals. Cohen was top dog in both the 1650 free with a time of 18:16.81 and the 200 fly, clocked in 2:14.14. She was the only Cardinal to secure two first-place finishes.
Also coming up with winning efforts were Taylor Hotvet '14 (bottom photo) with a 5:15.84 clocking in the 500 free. She added a third-place effort in the 1650 free. Cohen was second in the 500 free. Hotvet also was part of Wesleyan's victorious 400 and 800 free relay squads. Wesleyan swept the free relays as the quartet of Cara Colker-Eybel '13, Ally Anderson '13, Alyssa Savarino '14 and Cara Madden '11 took the 200 free relay. Madden, Hotvet, Anderson and Colker-Eybel were the winners of the 400 free relay. Savarino was in place instead of Anderson with this group when Wesleyan captured the 800 free relay.
Wesleyan received more first-place points courtesy of Colker-Eybel with her victory in the 100 individual medley and from Tess Lemon '14 (photo insert upper right), who blew past the field in the 200 breast with a time of 2:33.08. Lemon also was second in the 50 breast. Other runner-up finishes for the Cardinals came from Colker-Eybel in both the 100 fly and 100 back.
The Cardinal Invitational is the final competitive event of the first semester. Wesleyan will face both Williams and Tufts in its next outing, that on Sat., Jan 15 at Williams.