With a squad of 20 individuals heading into the 2012-13 season, Wesleyan will blend 11 returning lettermen with seven freshmen, a sophomore newcomer and a veteran grad student in hopes of improving the squad's outcomes against its NESCAC rivals. Last year the team posted a 1-8 dual-meet record but that lone win came against Trinity, extending Wesleyan's string of victories over the Bantams to an amazing 30 straight meets, dating back to the 1981-82 season. Extending that string while starting a few new ones against some other opponents would be welcome for the Cardinals.
Co-Captains Martin Kafina '13 (top photo) and Nick Huston '13 (bottom photo) are two of the four returnees who gathered team points for Wesleyan during the NESCAC Championships in 2011-12. Kafina was solid in all three butterfly events while Huston aided the cause in the backstroke. The most accomplished Cardinal last season was Brendan Fortin '13 with his seventh-place showing in the 200 fly while also scoring in the 200 IM. The fourth returning scorer is Erik Yan '15 with points in the fly and free.
Back after a hiatus from the squad is sprint free specialist Jeff Arace '12, competing as a grad student. Other returnees include Wes Fantini '13, james Forde '14, Stefan Brown '15, Thomas Cho '13, Wesley Ho '15, Jake Rosenbloom '15 and Justin Yoshimaru '14.
The nine freshman are being counted upon to bolster the team and add to the Cardinals' point total each time out.
Wesleyan gets started with a home meet against Bates Sat., Nov. 17, a team against which Wesleyan had enjoyed a nine-meet win streak before having it snapped last year. Two days later, Wesleyan will face Little Three rival Amherst, also at home.