Opening the season at home vs. Bates Sat., Nov. 17, the Cardinals won three of the nine swimming events and only trailed the Bobcats by 15 points over those nine races. Bates was able to pull away and post a 117-76 victory with a 26-0 margin in the two diving events.
Winning for the Cardinals was Brendan Fortin '13 (main photo) in the 500 free as he led from start to finish and hung on to win by two-third of a second. The 400 medley relay, led off by Nick Huston '13 and supported by a great second leg in the breaststroke from Jacques Bazile '16 (photo insert lower left), won by more than two seconds. The third Wesleyan win was turned in by Billy Hepner '16 in the 200 breast as he and Wes Fantini '13 gave Wesleyan a one-two finish.
"While our men weren't able to post a team win, I was impressed with their competitiveness throughout the meet," said Head coach Peter Solomon. "Had a few of the close races gone our way, and had we not made the couple of mental errors, and had a few other not been dealing with injuries, the outcome could have swung around in our favor. The best part of the afternoon was the drive and determination that the team demonstrated in each event. I couldn't be happier with how the season has started and how the team is performing so early in the year."
Wesleyan hit the water again Mon., Nov. 19 when the Cardinals hosted Little Three rival Amherst. Amherst prevailed, 168-96, with top performances in 15 of the 16 events. Wesleyan's standout effort came in the 100 breast as Bazile ran away with the victory, timed in 1:00.61. Wes Fantini '13 was second.
The next action for the squad comes up Sat., Dec. 1 when the Cardinals entertain Brandeis.