Emily Kessler Wins 1-meter Diving Event as Women's Swimming Opened the Season Against Bates

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

Wesleyan Women's Swimming and Diving started off the 2015-16 season in fine fashion highlighted by Emily Kessler winning the Women's 1-meter Diving event against Bates.

Maela Whitcomb's 200 IM and 200 Back also highlighted fine performances by the Wesleyan swimmers. Whitcomb came in 2nd to NCAA All-Americans from Bates, and both of her swims were more than 5 seconds faster than her best times thus far this season.

Lauren Conte also showed significant improvement in the Women's 500 Free. Her 5:31.89 time was 9 seconds faster than her time at the WPI scrimmage two weeks ago.

Luisa Chan continues to show that she is ready for an incredible season.  Her 100 breaststroke split in the 400 Medley Relay started her day off on a great note as did Charlotte Pitts 100 leg  on the same relay.

Wesleyan showed its depth in the backstroke with great swim by Liyan Yao  and Julia Dietz  who dropped more than four seconds from last week's intersquad meet to finish third and fourth. The women also showed their dominance and depth in the diving events. In addition to Kessler's first lace finishes, Wesleyan finished 3rd (Devon Cooper) and 4th (Erin Angell) on the 1-meter board.

Freshmen phenoms, Kylie Han and Sophia Antonio put in blistering times in the 100 free to finish 2nd and 3rd place. In the 1st event of the meet, Sophia's freestyle anchor leg became Wesleyan's fastest 100 freestyle relay split of the year.

In the the final event of the day, the 200 Free Relay, both Wesleyan's "A" Freestyle Relay and Bates' "B" Relay were anchored by twin sisters, Eliza and Anabel Carter. Eliza, who is a Wesleyan sophomore, held off her twin sister, Anabel, from Bates, in and exciting sprint to the finish finale.  Eliza's 26.05 is more than 1/2 second faster than her previous best time this season!!

Coach Solomon couldn't be more pleased with the development of the team this season.  The hard work, dedication, and positive attitudes has everyone on the team and coaching staff extremely excited about what the season has in store.  It is obvious to everyone associated with the program how much Wesleyan has improved in recent years.