Return of 14 Letterwinners, Half of Whom Placed at NESCACs, and Influx of Eight Frosh to Make Women's S&D Solid in 2011-12 - Bates & Amherst Prevail in Opening Meets
Co-captains Julia Fram '12 (action photo) and Emily Goettsche '12 (head shot) will lead the 2011-12 women's swimming and diving squad under interim head coach Frank Keefe. Keefe had directed the aquatics program at Yale for 32 years before retiring, but came out of retirement to guide the Cardinals in 2011-12.
Fram is one of seven returning athletes who picked up team points for Wesleyan during the 2011 NESCAC Championships. She took 18th in the 200 fly and 19th in the 400 IM. Pacing the Cardinals' efforts was Cara Colker-Eybel '13, who had three top-eight finishes in individual events and was part of two school record-setting relays. Colker-Eybel placed fifth in the 200 free, sixth in the 100 free and seventh in the 200 IM while helping the 200 free relay and 400 free relay set school standards. She is the Wesleyan record-holder in both the 100 free and 200 IM and is part of the 800 free relay record-setting group as well. Also back from the 200 and 400 free relay quartet are Ally Anderson '13 and Alyssa Savarino '14. Savarino had a 13th-place effort in the 50 fly and a 17th in the 100 fly to her credit at NESCACs. Anderson snagged 15th in the 100 breast. Also swimming to Wesleyan points were Rosy Capron '14 (23rd in 100 breast and 24th in 50 breast) and Eliza Bollinger '13 (24th in 100 IM). In diving, Sam Maldonado '13 picked up 17th-place points in the one-meter event at NESCACs.
With eight new faces entering the program, Wesleyan should have added talent and depth. Each swimming event has at least two newcomers listed as a specialist and one is a diver.
Wesleyan was on the road Sat., Nov. 19 to inagurate the year with a dual meet at Bates. On Mon, Nov. 21, the home schedule got underway with a visit from Little Three rival Amherst. Bates captured the opening meet, 124-69. Cardinals took first place in three of 11 events as Angela Slevin '15 won the 100 back, Rachel Hirsch '15 took the 100 breast and Elizabeth Baumgartner '15 snagged top honors in the 200 IM. Against powerhouse Amherst, Slevin turned in another strong effort with a second-place showing in the 200 back while Savarino logged a solid second in the 50 free. The Lord Jeffs won the meet, 184-46.
Next up for the squad is the annual Cardinal Invitational, a two-day affair which takes place Sat., Dec. 3 and Sun., Dec. 4.