Facing three NESCAC rivals over the weekend of Sat.-Sun., Jan. 18-19, the Cardinals fell to Conn. College, 201-59, and Williams, 240-46, on Saturday, then dropped a 188-106 decison to Tufts on Sunday. James Gaston '15 (main photo) had some exceptional efforts during the meets to standout for the Cardinals and was named NESCAC Performer of the Week as a result.
Gaston defeated Conn's entries in the 1650 free as Wesleyan had the top three finishers vs. the Camels in the event with Spencer Daus-Haberle '17 and Nathan Courville '17 also outpacing the Camels in the event for a sweep. Gaston also had a strong race in the 500 free with a third-place effort.
Against Tufts, Gaston won both the 200 and 500 free. Also with a pair of triumph for the Cardinals was Erik Yan '15 (photo insert lower left) as he captured both the 50 and 100 butterfly. In addition, he was a part of Wesleyan's victorious 200 medley relay, joined by Eren Kiris '17, Jacques Bazile '16 and Wesley Ho '15. Ho was an individual winner as well, taking to 50 freestyle. Wesleyan also claimed a title in the 100 breaststroke, thanks to Billy Hepner '16.
On Sat., Jan. 25, the squad hosted a meet against Bowdoin, Colby and Trinity. While the Cardinals fell to Bowdoin (219.5-67.5) and Colby (154-133), Wesleyan took great pride in turning around an earlier result vs. Trinity, winning 147-132. In a meet vs. Bates and Trinity in Maine back in November, Wesleyan fell to the Bantams by a 157-122 count. The rematch resulted in a substantial 50-point adjustment.
Gaston again was a solid contributor in the win over Trinity with victories over the Bantams in both the 200 fly and the 500 free. In total, Wesleyan won nine of the 12 individual swimming events as well as the 200 medley relay. The Cardinals had to make up for a an 18-point shortfall in the diving events due to a lack of divers. Thus, the Cardinals outpointed the Bantams, 147-114, in the 14 swimming events. Courville had a pair of wins vs. Trinity, including an overall win in the 200 backstroke. He bested Trinity in the 200 free. Hepner defeated Trinity in both the 100 and 200 breast. Yan was superior to Trinity in the 100 fly while Russell Madison '14 did the same in the 100 free. Daus-Haberle turned in first-place points vs. the Bantams in the 1000 free.
The Cardinals end the dual-meet season Sat., Feb. 1 when they host Coast Guard in a meet slated for a webcast.