Back as the mainstays of the Cardinals' point-gathering force during the team's opening competition of 2011, a three-team affair at Williams Sat., Jan. 15, Cara Madden '11 (main photo) and Cara Colker-Eybel '13 (photo insert lower right) helped get Wesleyan within a whisker of NESCAC rival Tufts on the scoreboard, only to fall 157-142, while being unable to prevent Williams from running away for a 195-100 victory.
Madden won the 200 backstroke in 2:12.90 and came through with an overall runner-up placing in the 100 back (1:01.41). Colker-Eybel was on taps for overall second-place points in the 200 free and 100 butterfly. Each of these efforts was better than their Jumbo rivals, supporting Wesleyan's swimming effort as the Cardinals outpointed Tufts by one point over 14 swimming events. Tufts pulled out the team victory by taking first and second in both diving events for a 16-point margin there. Wesleyan also defeated Tufts in both relay events as Madden was on board for each and Colker-Eybel contributed to the 400 free relay.
Wesleyan was back in action Sat., Jan. 22, traveling to Conn College. The Camels defeated the Cardinals, 171-125. In a turnabout from the opeong meet of the semester, diving was the team's strong point as Sam Maldonado '13 won both boards, helping Wesleyan sweep both diving events. Wesleyan had first-place efforts from swimmers Colker-Eybel (2:15.69 in 200 IM) and Rachel Cohen '12 (10:45.05 in 1000 free).
On the road for its third straight NESCAC meet this semester, Wesleyan heads to Colby to take on the Mules as well as Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 28.