The Wesleyan University men's swimming and diving team opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 19th as the Cardinals host Bates College in the Wesleyan Natatorium beginning at 3 p.m.
The Cardinals return 11 athletes from last season, and will be joined by a wealth of new talent that will add depth to the roster.
- Ethan Chupp '18 is the top returner for the diving squad, as he placed ninth overall in the NESCAC Championships in the 1-meter diving event a year ago. He also claimed a tenth place finish in the 3-meter dive with a score of 334.90.
- Wesleyan boasts a wealth of returning talent in the pool including Ali Pourmaleki '18, Spencer Tang '18, Aidan Winn '18, Max Wimer '19, Peter Patapis '18, Robbie Webster '18, Max Distler '18, Zach Carfi '17, Eren Kiris '19, Nate Courville '17, and Andrew Gartley '17.
- Pourmaleki earned All-NESCAC recognition last year for his third place performance in the 200-yard butterfly of the conference tournament with time of 1:50.55 – a new Wesleyan record. He is also the current varsity record holder in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.28.
- Tang returns as the varsity record holder in the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 52.42 and 1:54.70, respectively. He is also a part of the varsity record holding 200 (1:34.04) and 400 (3:30.13) medley relay teams.
- Winn, who returns to the team after taking a year off, will be a key addition the distance freestyle events for the Cardinals along, with Patapis and Courville.
- Wimer, Webster and Distler will be important pieces for Wesleyan in the butterfly and mid-distance freestyle events, and will all contribute significantly to this year's top relays. Distler will also swim the individual medley.
- Carfi (breaststroke), and Gartley (sprint free) round up the key returners for the Cardinals.
- Solomon welcomes a freshman class of four, all of whom will look to make a splash this season.
- Quinn Tucker will be competing in an array of freestyle and backstroke events.
- Alan Huh and Qiyuan Zheng will swim the breaststroke, while Huh will also compete in the butterfly and individual medley.
- Andrew Schwartz will provide depth in the sprint freestyle for Wesleyan.
- The Cardinals will host seven home meets this season, including a re-match against Hamilton College, in which Wesleyan will look to avenge a close loss from last season. The Continentals narrowly edged the Cardinals, 151-148.
- In addition, Wesleyan will also host the conference championship from February 17-19, and hope to take full advantage of swimming in its own pool as the Cardinals look to improve on their eighth place finish from last year.
HEAD COACH PETER SOLOMON:
"There is already a new attitude and team dynamic this season. The team is in a great place as we head into our first semester competitions. There is still a lot of work to be done to get ready for the championships in February, but the team culture and leadership is in place for some great performances this season."
"The team will feel the effects of key members (Brandon Pearson '18, Nicolas Cimino '19, and Alex Kapphahn '19) stepping down from the team this year. However, the team will continue to be strong in the backstroke, distance and mid-distance free, diving, and butterfly events."