Cards Continue Dominance over Colby but Fall to Upstart Bowdoin for Just 2nd Time in 18 Years ; Dual-Meet Season Ends vs. Coast Guard
Taking first place in dual-meet mode vs. Colby in 11 of 16 events Sat., Jan. 29 at Colby, while also competing against Bowdoin, Wesleyan made short work of its host with a 164-95 victory. The triumph improved Wesleyan's all-time mark vs. the Mules to a dominant 13-2. In a turnabout of recent trends, Bowdoin put the pieces together to end an eight-year losing streak against Wesleyan while posting just its second victory vs. the Cardinals in the last 18 meetings with a suprisingly easy 205-86 decision.
Darren Thomason '11 (bottom photo) accounted for both Wesleyan victories over Bowdoin as he took the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke. Those efforts were also good for first and second, respectively, vs. Colby. Ross Gormley '13 (top photo) provided a pair of wins over Colby, taking the 1000 free and 200 fly. Other multiple winners vs. Colby included Momo Saleh '12 in the 500 free and 200 individual medley along with Alex Brody '12 in the 100 and 200 free. Rounding out Wesleyan's swimming victories against Colby were Julian Azaret '13 in the 200 back, Martin Kafina '13 in the 100 fly, and both the 400 medley and 400 free relays. Kafina, Brody and Thomason were on board for the 400 free relay while Brody, Kafina and Saleh were members of the free relay.
The Cardinals closed out the dual meet season Sat., Feb. 5 by hosting Coast Guard. The Bears downed the Cardinals, 192.5-75.5, by posting top performances in 15 of 16 events. Kafina again stood out by taking the 200 fly by a comfortable 2.25-second margin.
The Cardinals will spend the next three weeks preparing for the annual NESCAC Championships to be hosted by Bowdoin Fri.-Sun., Feb. 25-27.