Coming through with a pair of freestyle wins, Jeff Arace '12 (photo) was the big point-getter for the Cardinals during the opening meet of the second semester at Providence Sat., Jan. 5. Brown University also attended the meet but chose not to be a part of the scoring. Thus, Wesleyan fell by a 99-82 score to the Friars while winning six of the 11 swimming events. Neither team had a diver in action.
Arace won both the 100-meter free and the 200-meter free, then added his effort to the Cardinals' winning performance in the 200-meter free relay. He was complemented by Wes Fantini '13, Erik Yan '15 and Martin Kafina '13 for the relay win. Kafina and Fantini also were part of Wesleyan's quartet in the 200-meter medley relay that proved victorious. Rounding out that group was Nick Huston '13 and Jacques Bazile '16. Bazile provided Wesleyan with one of its other wins, that in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Fantini was the winner in the 50-meter free.
Up next for the squad was a home meet against NESCAC rival Hamilton Mon., Jan. 7. The following day, the Cardinals head southward to Florida for a week of training in the warm southern climate.
Against Hamilton, Yan was a double winner, capturing both the 100 and 200 fly while Bazile grabbed top honors in the 100 breast. Fantini and Billy Hepner '16 both found their way to a win, the former in the 50 free and the latter in the 200 breast. The Cardinals sixth victory of the meet came in the 200 medley relay, manned by Huston, Bazile, Kafina and Arace. Hamilton won the meet with a 162-118 decision.
Resuming action after their week in Florida, the Cardinals dropped a 206-51 decision at Conn. College Sat., Jan. 19, then came up short against both Williams (213-61) and Tufts (218-59) on Sun., Jan. 20. Kafina had one of the stronger swims of the weekend for the squad as he finished second in the 100 fly, ahead of his Tufts rivals.
The squad will be in Maine for its next action, traveling to Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 26 to face the host, Colby and Trinity in a four-team affair.