Brandon Pearson and Alexander Kapphahn Win Two Events Each in Meet Against Bates

Photos by Jonas Powell '18
Photos by Jonas Powell '18

The Wesleyan men's swim team started off the 2015/16 season in fine fashion, winning 5 events in their meet against Bates on Saturday. Brandon Pearson lead the way, winning both the 1-meter Diving and 3-meter Diving. Alexander Kapphahn also won two events, the 100 and 200 Free. Ali Pourmaleki rounded out the day, winning the 200 Butterfly. 

Peter Patapis dropped almost 15 seconds in the 1,000 free (10:26.05) and over 5 seconds in the 500 free (5:04.56) from the Wesleyan's scrimmage two weeks ago at the NE Collegiate Invitational at WPI.

In addition to winning the 200 fly, Ali Pourmaleki had and impressive come from behind swim in the 1,000 free, passing two Bates swimmers, to finish 3rd, right behind teammate Peter Patapis.

Wesleyan showed its dominance and depth in the diving events. In addition to Brandon Pearson's 1st place finishes, Wesleyan picked up 2nd with Ethan Chupp's performance, 5th place Nic Cimino, 6th place Kendar Serindag, and 7th place Cameron Scott on the 1-meter board. 

Max Distler had an impressive meet.  His times in the 200 fly and 500 Free are amazing times for this early in the season and significantly faster than what he was swimming at this point last year. Nate Courville also turned in a great performance in the 200 back to come in 3rd.

The combination of great leadership from the upperclassmen and the talent and enthusiasm of the incoming swimmers and divers has put the program in an entirely new place.  Coach Solomon looks forward to continued improvements in the coming weeks as Wesleyan prepares for upcoming competitions.