Wesleyan's dominant performance in the 200 fly, breast, back and IM proved to be the difference in the meet as Wesleyan inaugurated the 2012-13 season against Bates Sat., Nov. 17, and came away with a tight 91.5-84.5 victory. Also of value was a victory in the one-meter dive by Carly Feinman '16.
The one-two finish of Angela Slevin '15 (photo insert lower left) and Li Yan Yao '16 in the 200 back, coupled with the victory of Rachel Hirsch '15 (photo insert lower right) and close second-place finish of Roxy Capron '14 in the 200 breast padded the Cardinals' point total. Wesleyan also had a one-two punch in the 200 fly behind the efforts of Alexa Burzinski '15 and Amanda Distler '15. But the come-from-behind win by Cara Colker-Eybel '13 (main photo) in the 200 IM in the final individual event proved to be the difference. Trailing by 1.55 seconds heading into the final 50-yard freestye portion, Colker-Eybel beat the top Bates entry by 1.83 seconds on the last leg to produce a vital .28-second triumph. A loss in that race would have left Wesleyan behind on the final scoreboard by three points as Bates took first and third in the last relay.
The combination of Slevin, Hirsch, Burzinski and Colker-Eybel in the 400 medley relay also gave Wesleyan needed points with a six-second margin of victory.
"Winning the women's meet was a complete team effort," said head coach Peter Solomon. "Their 'never give up' attitude paid off today as we pulled out our first win of the season over a team that handedly defeated us in our first meet of the season last year [124-69]. 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 was right back in the pool Mon., Nov. 19, hosting Little Three rival Amherst. Again, Slevin and Hirsch were standouts as Slevin captured both the 100 and 200 back while Hirsch produced a victory in the 100 breast. She also had a tight second-place time in the 200 breast, nipped by one-third of a second. The Cardinals also got first-place points from Feinman in both diving events. The final score favored the Lord Jeffs, 167-109.
Ahead for the squad is another home meet Sat., Dec. 1 against Brandeis.