Cara Colker-Eybel '13 is Part of Three School Records During NESCAC Meet and Named Academic All-American after Pacing Women's Swim in Final Dual Meet Win - Cardinals are CSCAA Honor Squad
Three school records were set by Cardinals during the NESCAC Championships hosted by Williams Fri.-Sun., Feb. 18-20, the final action of the season for the squad. Cara Colker-Eybel '13 (main photo) was a part of all three as she broke the Wesleyan record in the 100 free with a sixth-place time of :52.82, a national "B" cut, but just missed qualifying for Nationals by less than half a second in the event. She also anchored the 400 free relay, joined by Cara Madden '11 (photo insert lower right), Ally Anderson '13 and Alyssa Savarino '14, to sixth place in a Wesleyan-record 3:34.84. This same group set the school record in the 200 free relay with a 1:38.42 clocking. Colker-Eybel was Wesleyan's top point-getter with three top-eight individual placings as she was fifth in the 200 free (1:53.42) and seventh in the 200 IM (2:09.64). Madden was eighth in both the 100 back (:59.72) and the 100 free (:53.28). The last top-eight finish came from diver Naima Ford '11 (photo insert upper right) as she collected 378.80 points for fifth place in the one-meter dive. Two other strong efforts came from Rachel Cohen '12 in the 1000 free (9th, 10:41.19) and Tess Lemon '14 in the 200 breast (10th, 2:29.87).
The Cardinals had ended a winning 2010-11 campaign with their ninth straight victory over Coast Guard Sat., Feb. 5, capturing both relays and 12 of 14 individual events to roll to a 206-93 triumph. Equaling last year's 9-4 overall mark, Wesleyan had a winning dual-meet record as well with a 5-4 posting. Academically, Wesleyan was a CSCAA Academic Honor Squad in both the fall and spring semesters during the 2010-11 season, ranking fifth nationally in Division III and tops in the NESCAC during the spring with a 3.52 team GPA. During the fall, Wesleyan ranked eighth nationally with a 3.47 GPA. Colker-Eybel was named an individual Academic All-American for the second year in a row.
Showing tremendous balance, 10 different individuals had a first-place finish with just two of them as repeat victors. Those were Madden in both the 100 and 200 backstroke and Colker-Eybel, who captured the 100 and 200 freestyle. Colker-Eybel received NESCAC Performer of the Week honors for her efforts. Cohen garnered first-place points in the 1000 free while Anderson took the 50 free. Both diving events went the Cardinals' way with Ford overcoming a back ailment to secure top honors in the one-meter dive with Sam Maldonado '13 grabbing the three-meter title.
Rosy Capron '14 and Lemon gave Wesleyan control of the breaststroke with wins in the 100 and 200, respectively. The 100 fly went to Savarino. The 200 fly belonged to Julia Fram '12.