Cardinal Men's Swim to Look to Vets and Newcomers for Improvement in 2011-12 - Bates & Amherst Take Opening Meets
Returning five swimmers who placed in the 2011 NESCAC meet along with several other talented upperclassmen, the 2011-12 Wesleyan men's swimming & diving squad will look to regroup under interim head coach Frank Keefe. Directing the aquatics program at Yale for 32 years before retiring, Keefe came out of retirement to take the reins of the Cardinal program this season.
Co-captains Momo Saleh '12 (top photo) and Nick Huston '13 (bottom photo) will provide the leadership as the team looks to improve both its dual-meet record and placement in the NESCAC standings. Huston is one of five returning athletes who picked up team points in last year's NESCAC Championships as he placed in all three backstroke events - 18th in the 50, and 20th in both the 100 and 200. Saleh did not compete in last year's meet but had a pair of top-10 distance freestyle swims in the 2010 NESCAC meet. Also back with success from last year's NESCACs is Wes Fantini '13 (10th in 200 breast, 14th in 100 breast), Martin Kafina '13 (12th in 200 fly, 13th in 100 fly, 20th in 50 fly), Alex Brody '12 (12th in 100 free, 15th in 200 free) and James Forde '14 (23rd in both the 50 and 100 back).
Also returning to the team after a hiatus are Brendan Fortin '13, Max Ginsberg '12 and Dana Drost '14. Thomas Cho '13, Chris Fragoso '13 and Justin Yoshimaru '14 also are back, joined by six newcomers who will provide much-needed depth as all events are covered by at least one member of the freshman corps with the exception of diving.
Wesleyan started the season Sat., Nov. 19 with an excursion to Bates before hosting Little Three rival Amherst Mon., Nov. 21 in the opening home meet. Bates took the first meet, 138-54, with top times in all 11 events. Against Amherst, Fortin had one of the Cardinals' best efforts with a second-place finish in the 200 fly. The Lord Jeffs took the meet by a 194-42 count.
Ahead for the team is the annual Cardinal Invitational, which begins on Sat., Dec. 3 and continues into Sun., Dec. 4.