James Gaston '15 & Billy Hepner '16 Combine for Five Wins in Final Dual Meet vs. Coast Guard - Both Have Good Swims at NESCACs
James Gaston '15 (top photo) produced convincing wins in both the 500 and 1000 free, with margins of five seconds in each, and added a victory in the 200 butterfly by two seconds as a three-event winner for the Cardinals during the team's dual-meet finale vs. Coast Guard Sat., Feb. 1. Bill Hepner '16 (bottom photo) swept the breaststroke races with first-place performances in both the 100 and 200 events, nosing out a Coast Guard rival by 0.4 seconds in the former while capturing the latter by 1.6 seconds. As a team, Wesleyan came up on the short side of a 172-108 final score in the meet.
Wesleyan concluded the campaign with a trip to Bowdoin Fri.-Sun., Feb. 21-23, for the annual NESCAC Championships. There the top finish turned in by a Cardinal came from Jacques Bazile '16 as he placed 11th in the 50 breast (:26.91). Wesleyan had a couple of 12th-place postings from Erik Yan '15 in the 50 fly (:23.49) and Hepner in the 200 breast (2:09.34). Hepner also grabbed 14th in the 100 breast (:59.61). Gaston had a pair of 13th-place performances, doing so in the 200 free (1:43.98) and the 200 fly (1:54.05). His prelim time in the 200 fly of 1:53.85 was a national "B" cut and a Wesleyan record. As a team, Wesleyan placed 10th of the 11 teams, just 11.5 points behind Colby in ninth place.