With 16 letterwinners back from the 8-5 Cardinal squad of 2011-12, six of them holding or part of Wesleyan school records, Wesleyan has an optimistic approach to the 2012-13 season. Led by tri-captains Cara Colker-Eybel '13 (main photo), Ally Anderson '13 (photo upper left) and Eliza Bollinger '13 (photo lower left), Wesleyan will look to improve upon its eighth-place finish in the NESCAC from a year ago.
Colker-Eybel has been one of the squad's most outstanding performers over the last three years as she has earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America honors each season. She is part of seven school records with individual standards in both the 100 and 200 IM as well as the 100 freestyle. She also is part of each freestye relay mark and the 400 medley relay, too. She was the team's high point-getter in the 2011-12 NESCAC Championships.
Also back with records under their belts are Anderson, who was part of both the 200 and 400 free relay that set Wesleyan records last season; Angela Slevin '15, who set an individual 100 backstroke record while leading off the record-setting 400 medley relay at last year's NESCACs; Rachel Hirsch '15 and Alyssa Savarino '14, who were part of that record-setting 400 medley relay quartet; and Liz Baumgartner '15, who was on the 400 free relay.
Other returning swimmers who picked up points for the Cardinals at last season's NESCAC meet include Roxy Capron '14, who had a pair of top-eight finishes in the breaststroke; Erin Cohn '15, who scored in the breaststroke as well as the 400 IM; and Alexa Burzinski '15 and Amanda Distler '15 in the fly.
Six freshman will be members of the squad in 2012-13 and if their evolution is close to that of the current sophomore class, the Cardinals will be in good shape for years to come.
Wesleyan inaugurates the season with a pair of NESCAC home meets in a three-day span, beginning with Bates Sat., Nov. 17, and then Amherst Mon., Nov. 19.