Competing against three NESCAC rivals during a pair of meets over the weekend of Jan. 19-20, the Cardinals fell at Conn. College by a tight 149-131 score before heading to Williams to face the Ephs and Tufts Jumbos. There, Williams posted a 194-97 victory while the Cardinals again had a tight meet against Tufts, coming up on the short side of a 160-138 score. Wesleyan was even with the Jumbos over the 14 swimming events but the depth and talent of their divers made a 22-point differential in the final score.
Angela Slevin '15 (main photo) was a standout in the backstroke as she won both the 100 and 200 back vs. Conn, then took first overall in the 200 back against both Tufts and Williams while also defeating her Tufts rivals in the 100 back. In addition, she outraced Tufts in the 400 IM. She also was part of the 400 medley relay that won at Conn and the 200 medley relay that knocked off Tufts.
Also coming through with some solid swims was Rachel Hirsch '15 (photo insert upper left) as she took the 100 breaststroke at Conn, then won the same race at Williams. She, too, was part of the victorious medley relays against Conn and Tufts.
Adding to Wesleyan's success over the weekend was Cara Colker-Eybel '13, as she captured the 500 free at Conn, then overcame Tufts in the same event while also capturing wins over Tufts in both the 100 and 200 free. She was on the 200 medley relay that beat Tufts as well. Roxy Capron '14 was a winner over Conn and Tufts in the 200 breaststroke.
Wesleyan hit the water again Sat., Jan. 26 against three more NESCAC rivals as the Cardinals headed to Bowdoin to face the host, Colby and Trinity in a four-way affair. The Cardinals came away with wins over Colby (152-138) and Trinity (170-117) but fell to Bowdoin (171-122).
Slevin again stood out in the backstroke, winning both the 100 and 200 back while Hirsch took the 100 breast. Hirsch was second in the 200 breast behind teammate Capron as the Cardinals had a one-two finish in the event. Slevin and Hirsch joined Colker-Eybel and Ally Anderson '13 for a win in the 200 medley relay while Colker-Eybel and Slevin were part of the 400 free relay that knocked off both Colby and Trinity. Colker-Eybel also had wins over Colby and Trinity in the 200 free.
The Cardinals will close out the dual-meet season at home Sat., Feb. 2 against Coast Guard with a chance to secure the team's sixth consecutive overall winning mark and ninth in the last 10 campaigns as the team stands 6-5 heading into the finale.