Cardinals Strength in Relays and Breaststroke Enough to Produce Opening-Day Win at Brandeis, But Team Falls to Bates, Trinity & Amherst, Competes in Part at MIT
Using a 28-6 margin in the two relay events and a 31-7 advantage in the two breaststroke events, the Cardinals were able to overcome some shortfalls in other events and come away with a 132-105 victory over Brandeis Sat., Nov. 16 to inaugurate the season. Erik Yan '15 (photo lower right) was part of both relay wins while also capturing both the 100 and 200 butterfly. Wins by Bily Hepner '16 (photo lower left) in the 100 breast and Spencer Daus-Haberle '17 in the 200 breast, an event in which the Cardinals swept the top three spots, helped support the cause as Wesleyan won only six of the 14 events held in the meet. Wesleyan's depth was the difference in the outcome. Hepner was a member of the winning 200 free relay as well. James Gaston '15 (main photo) joined Yan as an integral force in both relay triumphs.
Next up for the team was a road trip to Bates Fri. and Sat., Nov. 22-23, where Wesleyan competed against both the Bobcats and Trinity. The three-meter diving took place in Friday while the bulk of the meet was held on Saturday. Bates rolled to a 186-5.-92.5 victory over Wesleyan whie Trinity came up with a 157-122 triumph. Standouts in the meet for the Cardinals included Gaston, who took the 1000 free by an exciting 0.28 second margin before capturing the 500 free by 2.5 seconds, along with Wesley Ho '15, who was the overall champion in the 50 free, touching out a Bates rival by .06 seconds.
Wesleyan was right back in the water Mon., Nov. 25, facing Little Three rival Amherst to open the home season. Amherst prevailed, 104-70, with Hepner's solid second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:14.69 standing out among the Cardinals' performances. He was just 0.4 seconds off the winning pace.
Wesleyan closed out first-semester action Sat., Dec. 7, traveling to Cambridge, Mass. to compete in the second day of the MIT Invitational. Wesleyan sent just five athletes and picked up 38 teams points. Two Cardinals placed in individual events as Hepner was 12th in the 100 breatstroke and 13th in the 200 breatststroke. Daus-Haberle grabbed 11th in the 400 IM and 16th in the 200 breaststroke.
Ahead for the team is a dual meet at Hamilton Sat., Jan. 4 to inaugurate the 2014 portion of the schedule.