LEWISTON, Maine – The Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team compiled 16 top-three finishes in double dual-meet action against Trinity (Conn.) and Bates on Saturday in Lewiston, Maine, as the Cardinals defeated the Bantams, 185-110, and lost to the Bobcats, 171-119, in season-opening action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore Caroline Murphy opened her season with a bang, grabbing first-place honors in the 100-yard freestyle (54.44), as Wesleyan took the top-three slots in the event with freshman Zoe Darmon (55.27) and sophomore Grace Middleton (55.95) claiming second- and third-place recognition, respectively.
- Murphy's awesome day – which consisted of three first-place efforts – was not done, as she added on another first-place nod during the 100 backstroke, clocking a time of 59.40. Sophomore Hannah O'Halloran and junior Maela Whitcomb were exceptional in the season-opening meet, with O'Halloran earning runner-up accolades during the 200 backstroke (2:11.22) and Whitcomb touching the wall in second place during the 500 freestyle (5:26.55). O'Halloran, who hails from Glen Ridge, N.J., also registered a third-place performance during the 200 freestyle (1:59.20).
- Wesleyan also excelled during team-oriented relay events, as the unit of Murphy, O'Halloran, Darmon and Middleton collected first-place acknowledgement during the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.28). Murphy, senior captian Zoe Kerrich, Whitcomb and O'Halloran were the complete package in the 200 medley relay (1:51.21), finishing second overall. Whitcomb, junior Julia Dietz, and senior captains Corinne Noonan and Lauren Conte finished in third place during the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.35).
- Junior diver Devon Cooper claimed first-place honors during the 3-meter diving event (205.87) and third-place recognition off the 1-meter board (172.95), while senior captain Emily Kessler placed second in the 1-meter event (200.70) and third off the 3-meter board (195.91).
- Conte was the third swimmer to touch the wall during the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:29.52, and Kerrich earned a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a time of 1:11.64.
- The Cardinals will compete in their home opener on Monday against NESCAC-rival Amherst at 5 p.m. in Middletown, Conn.