Competing in a four-way meet at Bowdoin with additional NESCAC rivals Colby and Trinity on site, Wesleyan was hoping to return from the venture with a pair of victories under its belt. The Cardinals defeated Colby by a 147-138 score and came ever so close to extending its long-standing dominance over Trinity to 31 consecutive meets but despite taking both first and second vs. the Bantams in the final relay, it wasn't enough to secure the triumph as Wesleyan fell by the narrowest of margins, 140-139. Bowdoin was a run-away winner over all three rivals including a 205-72 win vs. Wesleyan.
Stefan Brown '15 (main photo) returned to action for the squad and produced a valuable win over both Colby and Trinity in the 100 backstroke. James Forde '14 collected second-place points in the event against the Mules and Bantams as well. Jacques Bazile '16 (photo insert lower left) defeated both Colby and Trinity in the 100 breaststroke in another of the team's better efforts. While in a 16-event meet, one can always find opportunity to make up a point difference in a team score, perhaps the most notable area vs. Trinity was Wesleyan's lack of a diver while Trinity had one, accounting for an 18-0 advantage for the Bantams from the two diving venues.
Wesleyan closed out the dual-meet portion of the season at home Sat., Feb. 2 against powerhouse Coast Guard. The Bears had top performances in 15 of 16 events to capture a 182-96 victory. Wesleyan did have a solid one-two finish in the 100 breaststroke as Billy Hepner '16 won the race with Jacques Bazile '16 just haf a second behind in second place.
Wesleyan will be the host for the annual NESCAC Championships to be held Fri.-Sun., Feb. 22-24.