2014-15 WEEKLY WINTER SPORTS SUMMARY & 2015 SPRING PREVIEW
2/16/15 through 2/22/15
Women’s indoor track had its highest-ever finish at the New England Division III Championships, tying for third by collecting four first-place performances. The previous best team finish came in 2001 (5th). Leading the way with a title in both the 60m dash and the long jump was Alexis Walker ’16. Her :07.74 time was a school record and she was just 3/4 inch off her own Wes record in the long jump with an 18-3 3/4 leap. Walker is ranked top-10 nationally in NCAA Division III in both the 60m and the long jump. Wesleyan shattered the school record in the 4x800m relay behind the efforts of Sydney Cogswell ’16, Nikita Rajgopal ’17, Aida Julien ’18 and Aidan Bardos ’17, with their winning time of 9:23.65. The Cardinals also won the 4x400m relay.
With Joe Edmonds ’16 going 4-for-5 on three-pointers as he led men’s basketball with 22 points, while Jack Mackey ’16 also connected for four three-pointers and netted 18 points, the Cardinals, seeded sixth, upset third-seeded Bates in a NESCAC quarterfinal game to earn a rematch with top-seeded Trinity in a playoff semifinal.
Men’s swimming and diving broke six school record on its way to eighth place in the NESCAC Championships. Ali Pourmaleki ’18 bettered the Wes record in the 200 butterfly (1:51.84), which was also a provisional NCAA qualifying time. Spencer Tang ’18 broke both the 100 backstroke (:52.42) and the 200 backstroke (1:54.70) mark while Billy Hepner ’16 improved upon the 50 breaststroke standard (:26.16). Wesleyan also set school records in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. In diving, Brandon Pearson ’18 placed fourth on the one-meter board and fifth on the three-meter board, both with NCAA provisional qualifying scores.
LaDarius Drew ’15 took fifth place in the 60m dash at the New England Division III Championships and Agbon Edomwonyi ’16 took seventh in the shot put, as the two Cardinals to score team points in the regional men’s indoor track meet.
Both #1 Guy Davidson ’16 and #4 Chris Hart ’17 enjoyed a 3-0 weekend for men’s squash during the CSA National Team Championships. Going 1-2 as a team, the Cardinals finished on their seed, fourth in the Summers Cup Division and 20th overall. Davidson ended the season on a seven-match win streak and had a fine 13-5 record. Hart led the team in wins with his 16-6 seasonal posting
Wrestling took fourth place among 12 competing teams during the NEWA Futures Tournament. The affair is designed for non-starters to compete against each other regionally. Top finishers for Wesleyan were Taran Carr ’16 (1st, 174 pounds), Joseph Koshokow ’17 (3rd, 174 pounds) and Dominic Piraglia ’18 (4th, 184 pounds).
Dreisen Heath ’15 wrapped up her career with a season-best 19-point effort in the final game of the year for women’s basketball, the third-highest scoring game in her four-year career.
Dawson Sprigings ’17 logged a season-high 42 saves to keep Wesleyan close against third-ranked nationally Trinity in the final home game for men’s ice hockey. It was a 2-1 game heading into the final minute when Trinity scored into an empty net and then added another marker in the closing second. Sprigings collected 36 more saves in just two periods in the final game of the year at Trinity before Daniel Weiss ’17 minded the net for the final 20 minutes, making 14 stops without allowing a goal.
A stellar group of nine seniors played their final games for women’s ice hockey in two tough losses to Trinity. It is the largest group of seniors to enter the program all as freshmen and stay together through four years, headed by Jordan Schildhaus ’15, who led the team in scoring this year with 23 points.
WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS – With the winter coming to a close, just a few winter events will have live coverage this week. The men’s basketball game at Trinity in the NESCAC Championship will have a webcast and LiveStats on Sat., Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. If Wesleyan makes the title game, that will be covered as well on Sun., March 1, at noon. Wrestling will be in the Northeast Regional Tournament at Roger Williams Sat.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 1, and all matches will have LiveStat coverage along with some webcast coverage. Men’s and women’s lacrosse inaugurate the spring schedule, both against Hamilton on Sat., Feb. 28. The women are on the road at noon and the men are home at 1 p.m. Both will be webcast and hopefully include LiveStats. As usual links. are posted on the Wesleyan athletics web site under "Follow the Cardinals Live," then "Webcasts/LiveStats.”
WINTER RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULES
MEN’S BASKETBALL (17-8, 5-5 NESCAC): RECAP – at Bates (NESCAC quarterfinal), 66-59 W. (2/21). UPCOMING – 2/28 at Trinity (NESCAC semifinal); 3/1 NESCAC Championship at Trinity (vs. Amherst or Bowdoin if Wesleyan defeats Trinity in the semifinal).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-14, 2-8 NESCAC, final): RECAP – Amherst, 53-83 L. (2/17).
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-21, 2-16 NESCAC, final): RECAP – Trinity, 1-4 L. (2/20); at Trinity, 0-6 L. (2/21).
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (8-14-1, 3-12-1 NESCAC, final): RECAP – at Trinity, 2-5 L. (2/20); Trinity, 2-4 L. (2/21).
MEN’S (7-13-1) and WOMEN’S (14-4) INDOOR TRACK: RECAP – Men in New England Div. III meet at Springfield, 21st (tied) of 26 scoring teams; Women in New England Div. III meet at Smith, 3rd (tied) of 30 scoring teams (2/20-21). UPCOMING – 2/27-28 Men & Women in New England Open meet at B.U.
MEN’S SQUASH (13-9, final dual match): RECAP - CSA National Team Championships at Wesleyan - vs. Colby, 5-4 W. (2/20); vs. Middlebury, 3-6 L. (2/21); vs. Brown, 3-6 L. (2/22). UPCOMING – 2/7-3/1 CSA National Individual Championships at Princeton.
WOMEN’S SQUASH (8-12, final dual match): RECAP – No action. UPCOMING – 2/27-3/1 CSA National Individual Championships at Princeton.
MEN’S (1-10, final dual meet) and WOMEN’S (4-7, final dual meet) SWIMMING & DIVING: RECAP – Men in NESCAC Championships at Middlebury - 8th of 11 teams (2/20-22). UPCOMING – 2/27-28 Men in NCAA Div. III Regional Diving Championship at Springfield; 3/19-22 Women in NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, TX (if anyone qualifies).
WRESTLING (8-11, final dual match): RECAP – NEWA Futures Tournament at Roger Williams – 4th of 12 teams (JV event) (2/22). UPCOMING – 2/28-3/1 Northeast Regional Championships at Roger Williams.
BASEBALL (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC West): UPCOMING – 3/8 Carroll (in Tucson, Ariz.).
MEN’S CREW (0-0): UPCOMING – 3/28 Coast Guard and Clark in Worcester, Mass.
WOMEN’S CREW (0-0): UPCOMING - 3/28 Coast Guard and Clark in Worcester, Mass.
GOLF (2-61 overall from fall, 0-0 spring): UPCOMING – 4/18-19 Williams Spring Opener.
MEN’S LACROSSE (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): UPCOMING – 2/28 Hamilton.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): UPCOMING – 2/28 at Hamilton.
SOFTBALL (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC West): UPCOMING — (Games in Clermont, Fla.) - 3/11 Mt. Ida & Bowdoin.
MEN’S TENNIS (0-0 overall from the fall, 0-0 spring): UPCOMING – 3/11 at Redlands.
WOMEN’S TENNIS (2-0 overall from the fall, 0-0 spring): UPCOMING – 3/10 Bowdoin (at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps)
MEN’S (0-0) & WOMEN’S (0-0) TRACK & FIELD: UPCOMING — 3/21 Men & Women in Wesleyan Spring Meet.