- February 26, 2015
General - Three Cardinals Honored as All-NESCAC in Squash with Laila Samy '18 Also Named Women's Rookie of the Year
- February 22, 2015
Mens Swimming and Diving - Six Wesleyan Records are Broken, 3 National "B" Cuts Met as Men's Swim & Dive Takes 8th in NESCAC Meet
In total, six Wesleyan swim records were established during the annual NESCAC Championships, this year hosted by Middlebury Fri.-Sun., Feb. 20-22. Bill Hepner '16 (photo upper right) broke the 50 breaststroke mark with a time of :26.16 while placing eighth in the event. He also had a 14th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Ali Pourmaleki '18 (photo lower left) had a national "B" cut time trial of 1:51.84 in the 200 butterfly for a Wesleyan standard, then went on to place 11th in the event as well as 13th in the 100 butterfly. The third and fourth individual records both went to Spencer Tang '18 (photo lower right) in the 100 backstroke with a 17th-place time of :52.42 and the 200 backstroke with an 18th-place time of 1:54.70. The remaining two records came in relay events as Tang, Jacques Bazile '16, Erik Yan '15 and Wesley Ho '15 combined for a 1:34.04 in the 200 medley relay while Tang, Hepner, Yan and Ho joined forces for a 3:30.26 time in the 400 medley relay.
- February 21, 2015
Womens Track and Field - Women's Track Secures Highest-Ever Finish at N.E. Div. III Meet Behind 2-Event Champ Alexis Walker '16 and 3 School Records
Alexis Walker '16 (photo) took first place in both the 60m dash and the long jump, accounting for half of the Cardinals' top prizes during the New England Division III Championships, hosted by Smith Fri.-Sat., Feb. 20-21. Wesleyan also picked up two first places in relay events, giving the Cardinals 40 of their 58 team points, putting Wesleyan in a tie for third place among 30 scoring teams. It was the highest-ever finish for Wesleyan at the regional meet, bettering the fifth-place showing by the squad during the 2000-01 campaign.
Walker zipped along at a Wesleyan-record :07.74 clip in the 60m finals, a time that ranks her third nationally in Division III thus far. Her 18-3 3/4 winning leap in the long jump was just 3/4 inch off her own school record, set in 2013, and ties her for sixth nationally in Division III. The 4x800m relay squad of Sydney Cogswell '16, Nikita Rajgopal '17, Aida Julien '18 and Aidan Bardos '17 clipped 14 seconds off the Wesleyan record by winning the event in a time of 9:23.65. The same group ran 15 seconds slower during the Little Three Championships five weels earlier. Also with a title was the 4x400m relay quartet of Ellie Martin '16, Ananya Subrahmanian '18, Melissa Luning, '15 and Sarah Swenson '18, which came across the finish line in 3:59.31, defeating Williams by a scant 0.29 seconds.
- February 21, 2015
Womens Ice Hockey - Cardinals Takes Trinity to the Wire in Season Finale, Last in Career of 9 Seniors, but Fall by 4-2 Score
Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock by netting the go-ahead goal with just 33 second remaining in the second period, visiting Trinity went on to claim a 4-2 win over Wesleyan in the regular-season finale for both squads. The victory proved particularly fortuitous for the Bantams. Combined with a 1-0 loss by Conn. College in its final game vs. Williams, Trinity vaulted to the number-three seed in the conference standings and will host a first-round game next Sat., Feb. 28 against the number-six seed. Conn. College dropped to fourth place. Wesleyan did not qualify for the post-season tournament, an unfortunately finish for the Cardinals and their nine hard-working seniors (photo).
- February 21, 2015
Mens Basketball - Men's Hoops Uses Late Burst to Take Control at Bates En Route to 66-59 NESCAC Quarterfinal Victory
Hitting 11 of 26 three-point tries for the game, as Joe Edmonds '16 (#32 right side photo) went 4-for-5 and Jack Mackey '16 (#24, left side photo by Daryn Slover, Bates College) went 4-for-10 from long range, the Cardinals got the oust they needed with 4:23 remaining to go on for a 66-59 NESCAC quarterfinal win at Bates Sat.,m Feb. 21. Up next for the squad is a rematch with top-seeded Trinity in a semifinal matchup in Hartford Sat., Feb. 28. Second-seeded Bowdoin takes on fifth-seeded Amherst in the other semifinal at Trinity. The winners meet Sun., March 1 for the title. All the NESCAC Final Four games will be webcast.
Mackey hit a key three-pointer with 4:23 left, breaking a 49-49 tie and putting Wesleyan ahead for good, 52-49. It stated a 10-2 Wesleyan run that spotted the Cardinals a 59-51 advantage with a minute to go. Harry Rafferty '17 sank a running layup to the left side to make it 54-51 before Mackey fed Joseph Kuo '17 for a big dunk that pushed the difference to 56-51. A steal by Mackey led to a fast-break layup by BJ Davis '16, and he drew a foul, converting the three-point pay for the 59-51 bulge. Bates got as close as forum 59-55, with :28 left, but Wesleyan canned seven of eight free throws over the last 26 ticks to seal the victory. Rafferty was 2-for-2, Edmonds went 3-for-4 and Tim Gallivan '15 added another 2-for-2 for Wesleyan's final points.
- February 20, 2015
Mens Squash - #1 Guy Davidson '16, Named 1st-Team All-NESCAC, & #4 Chris Hart '17 Both Go 3-0 as Men's Squash Finishes on Seed at CSA Team Championships
Facing NESCAC foe Colby for the third time in the last four weeks, Wesleyan made it three straight 5-4 conquests, again in dramatic fashion as the teams were tied 4-4 when the last match began action in the opening round of the CSA National Team Championships Summers ("C") Division at Wesleyan. That match featured Chris Hart '17 (photo) at #4. In the previous two matchs vs. Colby, Hart had dropped a 3-0 decision at #4 and more recently, fell, 3-1, playing #3 due to an illness to the Cardinals' usual #3 Alex Kamisher '17. Forging a 2-0 lead on his Colby rival, the same one he had failed to take a game from four weeks earlier, with both games going past regulation, Hart found himself in a 2-2 tie after four games. Down 5-2 in the fifth and deciding game, Hart got the count to 9-9. He then fended on three straight match points on his way to a 14-12 win, moving the Cardinals into the bracket semifinals Sat., Feb. 21 against Middlebury, a team Wesleyan faced in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament Feb. 7, dropping a 5-4 decision. Wesleyan is seeded fourth in the CSA bracket, 20th overall. Colby was fifth and 21st. Middlebury is 1st and 17th.
- February 17, 2015
Womens Basketball - Dreisen Heath '15 Registers Season-High 19 Points as Cardinals Close out Season vs. Amherst
Registering a season-high 19 points the second-highest single game scoring for the Cardinals during the 2014-15 season, Dreisen Heath '15 (#13, photo upper left) paced the team in scoring during a game for the third time this season as Wesleyan fell in the season finale to ninth-ranked nationally Little Three foe Amherst at home Tues., Feb. 17, by an 83-53 count. Amherst goes on to the NESCAC tournament as the #3 seed. Wesleyan ended its year with a 9-14 overall mark, having posted a 2-8 conference ledger.
Wesleyan hung with the Lord Jeffs for the opening 7:30, trailing 13-8, before a 13-4 Amherst burst extended the gap to 26-12, en route to a 39-24 halftime margin. After Amherst netted the opening 11 points of the second period for a 50-24 bulge, Wesleyan got no closer than 24 the rest of the game.
- February 15, 2015
Womens Swimming and Diving - Angela Slevin '15 Logs Two NCAA "B" Cuts, Part of Three Wesleyan Records During NESCAC Women's S&D Championships
Angela Slevin '15 (photo) logged two third-place finishes with a 10:21.43 Wesleyan-record effort in the 1000 free and an NCAA "B" cut time of 17:16.28 in the 1650 free to highlight the Cardinals' activity during the annual NESCAC Championships, this season hosted by Wesleyan Fri.-Sun, Feb. 13-15. She also had an NCAA "B" cut in the 500 free with her preliminary time of 5:02.20 and placed seventh in the finals. The 1000 free record Slevin broke by nearly five seconds belonged to All-American Holly Sorensen, set 20 years ago.
- February 15, 2015
Wrestling - Cardinals Close Out Dual-Match Campaign with Victories of Oswego & Hunter, Fall to JWU
Getting back on the dual-match mat after sitting out the opening home quad-match a week ago due to an ailment, Chris Siracusa '16 (bottom photo) made a triumphant return with a 3-0 record in the Cardinals' final quad-match Sun., Feb. 15. Wesleyan knocked off both SUNY Oswego, 33-12, and Hunter, 33-14, before falling to 15th-ranked nationaly Johnson & Wales, 25-15. The squad closed out the year with an 8-11 dual-match mark.
Also logging a 3-0 record on the day to improved his dual-match mark to 9-1, 19-4 overall was Isaiah Bellamy '18 (top photo). Bellamy came through with a technical fall against Oswego at the heavyweight division, then got back to his normal posture at 197 pounds, securing a pin vs. Hunter and a decision against JWU. Siracusa, who logged a 10-5 dual-match mark and a 19-12 overall record, posted major decisions at 157 pounds vs Oswego and Hunter, and a decision against JWU.
- February 14, 2015
Mens Basketball - Decisive 74-52 Victory at Williams Locks up #6 Seed in NESCAC Tournament for Men's B-Ball - Off to Bates for First-Round Game
Posting their greatest margin of victory at Williams in 45 years, the Cardinals locked up the #6 seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament with a resounding 74-52 throttling of the Ephs Sat., Feb. 14. Now with a 5-5 league mark, tied with Williams, the Cardinals get the #6 slot and Williams drops to #7. The eighth and final spot goes to Colby while Trinity has locked up the #1 seed. The remaining seeds between #2 and #5 will be determined after Amherst plays Middlebury on Sun., Feb. 15. If Amherst win, it will be the #2 seed, making Bowdoin #3, Bates #4 and Tufts #5. If Middlebury wins, Amherst drops to #5 with Bowdoin #2, Bates #3 and Tufts #4. Thus, on Sat., Feb. 21, Wesleyan will be traveling to either Bowdoin or Bates for its first-round contest.