Opening the new year in a NESCAC meet at Hamilton Sat., Jan. 4, the Cardinals continued to show improvement and captured four first-place finishes among 11 swimming events, led by Erik Yan '15 (photo) with a pair of victories. Without divers, Wesleyan was outpointed 26-0 on the boards as Hamilton prevailed 141.5-89.5. Diving accounted for half the 52-point deficit as the Cardinals swam competitively.
Yan was top dog in both the 50 free with a winning margin of 0.3 seconds while his effort in the 200 fly was four seconds faster than his Continental rivals. The Cardinals also produced triumphs in the 1000 free, courtesy of Spencer Daub-Haberle '17, whose winning time bettered the field by 1.2 seconds; and Billy Hepner '16, who had a 1.4-second margin in the 200 breast over teammate Zach Carfi '17. Wesleyan had a 15-4 edge in points in the breaststroke and added a 12-7 edge in the butterfly but the teams competed in the 13-event format, limiting the breast, fly and back to just one race. Hamilton was superior in the backstroke to the tune of 14-5.
Wesleyan will be back in competitive mode Sat., Jan. 18, hosting Conn. College and Williams in a three-team NESCAC affair and the meet will be webcast. Before that, however, the Cardinals will head for the warmer climate of Florida for an eight-day training mission.