MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team rattled off 17 top-five finishes, en route to placing third overall out of five teams at the CT Cup Meet on Saturday in Middletown, Conn.
The Cardinals finished with 393 points, which cleared fourth-place Eastern Connecticut State by 122 and trailed second-place Coast Guard by 108. Connecticut College took home first-place honors with a team score of 656.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore Caroline Murphy put together an impressive day, as she earned runner-up honors in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.86) and 50 backstroke (28.11), to go along with a fourth-place nod in the 200 backstroke (2:14.36). During the three events, the Gardiner, N.Y. native earned a combined 31 team points.
- Sophomore Hannah O'Halloran, who competed alongside Murphy at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship last March, notched third-place recognition in the 200 backstroke (2:13.82), and junior Julia Dietz compiled third-place efforts in the 100 backstroke (1:01.17) and the 50 backstroke (28.46).
- Senior captain Emily Kessler earned first-place acknowledgement in the 1-meter diving event (2:02.57) and off the 3-meter board (164.47), as the Los Gatos, Calif. native registered a combined 28 points in the two events.
- Senior captain Zoe Kerrich swam a solid race in the 100 breaststroke with a fourth-place performance, as she clocked a time of 1:11.87 and collected nine points. Kerrich's exceptional outing was not over at that point, as the fourth-year collegiate swimmer was the fourth-place finisher in the 50 breaststroke (33.32).
- Junior Maela Whitcomb checked in at the No. 3 slot during the 50 butterfly (27.49), in addition to being the fourth-place finisher in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:16.44. Freshman Zoe Darmon placed fifth overall in the 50 freestyle (25.35), while sophomore Leah Cravitz reeled off a fifth-place nod in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:22.50, which added eight points to the Cardinals' total.
- During the 200 freestyle relay, Murphy, Darmon, O'Halloran and sophomore Grace Middleton were a force as a unit, as the women posted a third-place finish with a time of 1:41.76, claiming an important 20 points. The group then competed again in the 400 freestyle relay, finishing in the fourth spot with a time of 3:46.75.
- Dietz, Kerrich, Whitcomb and Middletown did not disappoint in the 200 medley relay, as the "A" squad finished in the third slot with a time of 1:53.35.
- Wesleyan will compete against Tufts, Williams and WPI on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Middletown, Conn.