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Men’s Swimming & Diving Collects Four Top-Three Finishes Saturday

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior Alex Kapphahn rattled off a trio of top-four performances on the individual side for the Wesleyan University men's swimming & diving team on Saturday, as the Cardinals grabbed eight top-six finishes at the Wesleyan Natatorium in Middletown, Conn.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • WPI outlasted Wesleyan, 239-80, while the Cardinals also suffered losses to Williams, 209-96, and Tufts, 257-62.
  • Kapphahn earned third-place recognition in the 100-yard backstroke (53.51) and the 100 freestyle (47.66), while also jumping into the fourth slot during the 50 freestyle (22.10).
  • Senior Ethan Chupp was exceptional during the diving events, as the Ann Arbor, Mich. native placed second overall off the 3-meter board (267.20) and third in the 1-meter event (256.10).
  • Freshman Phillip Wong grabbed a pair of top-six nods, including posting the fifth-best time (1:57.60) in the 200 backstroke. Wong, who hails from Fort Lee, N.J., additionally was the sixth swimmer to touch the wall during the 50 backstroke (25.27).
  • Senior Spencer Tang finished one spot ahead of Wong in the rankings at the No. 5 slot during the 50 backstroke, clocking a time of 25.16, which trailed fourth place by only 0.11 seconds.
  • The Cardinals relied on Kapphahn, sophomore Quinn Tucker, Wong and Tang during the 400 freestyle relay, and the unit worked well together, ultimately finishing seventh overall with a time of 3:15.55.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will square off against Hamilton on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.