The 1998-99 Wesleyan women's swimming and diving team finished the year with a 5-6 record in dual meets. At the season-ending competition, the New England Division III Championships at Bowdoin, Wesleyan placed fourth in a field of 29 teams, the squad's best showing since placing second during the 1992-93 season. Leading the way was three-time NCAA Division III All- American Emily Rauscher `99 as she again qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in distance freestyle events. Her second-place finish in the 500 freestyle was the team's top individual performance. She went on to place third in both the 200 free and the 1650 free, while anchoring the 800 free relay to a third-place finish as well. Other top-10 finishes were turned in by Emily Hager `01 in the 200 free (4th), Benjamine Knight `01 in the 50 (2nd in team-record time) and 100 breast (5th), Arianne Donar `01 in the 200 fly (7th) and 200 IM (9th), Jaime Naugle `00 in the 1,650 free (8th) and Kathleen Doherty `02 in the 200 back (9th). Wesleyan's 200 and 400 medley relay team of Doherty, Knight, Donar and Hager set two team records while finishing sixth and fourth, respectively. At nationals, Rauscher became a three-time All-American when she placed 14th in the 1,650 free, giving her honorable-mention status. As a junior, she was honorable mention in both the 500 and 1,650 while as a sophomore she was a top-8 placewinner for All- American laurels in both.
SUMMARY OF THE NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
TOP 10 TEAMS SCORING IN NEW ENGLAND DIVISION III MEET AT BOWDOIN:
Williams 1419, Amherst 1195, Middlebury 1149, Wesleyan 666, Springfield 646, Bowdoin 629, Tufts 573, M.I.T. 513, Colby 470, Bates 439.
WESLEYAN'S INDIVIDUAL POINT-GETTERS (top 24) AT NEW ENGLANDS:
200 free relay - Jessy Allen `01, Arianne Donar `01, Valerie Rose Belanger `02, Emily Rauscher `99, 11th, 1:44.13.
500 free - Emily Rauscher, 2nd, 5:08.00 (swam 5:05.66 in trials to qualify automatically for the NCAA Championships) ; Emily Hager `01, 10th, 5:18.91 ; Jaime Naugle `00, 17th, 5:22.02.
50 breast - Benjamine Knight `01, 2nd, :31.54 (team record) ; Liz Rapoport `00, 21st, :33.36.
200 back - Kathleen Doherty `02, 9th, 2:13.26.
200 IM - Arianne Donar, 9th, 2:16.92; Bridget Grant `01, 13th, 2:18.63.
400 medley relay - Kathleen Doherty, Benjamine Knight, Arianne Donar, Emily Hager, 4th, 4:07.57 (swam 4:06.78 in trials to set a Wesleyan team record).
200 medley relay - Kathleen Doherty, Benjamine Knight, Arianne Donar, Emily Hager, 6th, 1:54.12 (team record).
400 IM - Arianne Donar, 10th, 4:48.53 ; Bridget Grant, 15th, 4:53.75 ; Jaime Naugle, 20th, 4:54.69 ; Meaghan Reilly `00, 21st, 4:55.33.
200 free - Emily Rauscher, 3rd, 1:57.08 (provisional NCAA qualifier); Emily Hager, 4th, 1:57.17 (provisional NCAA qualifier).
100 back - Kathleen Doherty, 19th 1:03.62.
100 breast - Benjamine Knight, 5th, 1:08.87 (provisional NCAA qualifier) ; Liz Rapoport, 20th, 1:11.50.
800 free relay - Emily Hager, Valerie Rose Belanger, Jaime Naugle, Emily Rauscher, 3rd, 7:59.24 (provisional NCAA qualifier).
100 free - Emily Hager, 11th, :55.36 ; Valerie Rose Belanger, 23rd, :56.82.
1650 free - Emily Rauscher, 3rd, 17:54.98 (provisional NCAA qualifier) ; Jaime Naugle, 8th, 18:19.17 ; Kathleen Doherty, 23rd, 19:01.63.
50 back - Jessy Allen, 14th, :29.95.
200 breast - Benjamine Knight, 13th, 2:33.16 ; Bridget Grant, 16th, 2:36.81 ; Liz Rapoport, 21st, 2:33.79.
200 fly - Arianne Donar, 7th, 2:17.82.
400 free relay - Jessy Allen, Valerie Rose Belanger, Emily Hager, Emily Rauscher, 5th, 3:42.20.
1-meter dive - Lindsey Poulin `99, 12th, 281.20.
3-meter dive - Lindsey Poulin, 11th, 333.15.