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Wesleyan Tied for 49th out of 286 Teams in Learfield Directors’ Cup Winter Standings

Photo by Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios
Photo by Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After a sensational winter season by the Wesleyan University athletic teams, the Cardinals finished in a tie for 49th overall out of 286 Division III programs with 212.50 points in the final winter standings of the 2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup, which was updated as of March 29, 2018.

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The men's basketball program hosted first- and second-round games in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history, and won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, while the women's basketball team improved by 10 wins from the 2016-17 campaign with an outstanding 17-8 record, as the fifth-seeded Cardinals went on the road and defeated fourth-seeded Middlebury, 63-62, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament.

The men's ice hockey program advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the second straight season, and also posted 13 wins – tied for the second-most, single-season wins in program history, while posting a winning record in the NESCAC for the first time since the 2006-07 year. The women's ice hockey team qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the second straight season with a signature win over then-No. 8 ranked Amherst during the final weekend of the regular season.

In addition, Laila Samy '18 of women's squash, Caroline Murphy '20 of women's swimming & diving, and Isaiah Bellamy '18 and Devon Carrillo '17 of wrestling earned All-American honors.

At the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, the Cardinals finished 17th overall, and Murphy, senior captain Zoe Kerrich, and sophomores Grace Middleton and Hannah O'Halloran earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in the final of the 400-yard freestyle relay and 200 medley relay, as the group was the first relay team to represent Wesleyan at the NCAA Championship since 1998.