MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior Maela Whitcomb placed first overall in the 100-yard individual medley and sophomore Caroline Murphy took home first-place honors during the 50 backstroke for the Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team during a two-day meet against Colby, Bowdoin and Trinity (Conn.) on Friday and Saturday at the Wesleyan Natatorium.
The Cardinals defeated the Mules, 241-120, and fell short against the Polar Bears, 247-119, finishing the weekend in Middletown, Conn., with a 1-1 record, as the squad totaled 16 top-three finishes.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Whitcomb, who grew up in Northhampton, Mass., also contributed with a pair of runner-up performances, which occurred during the 50 butterfly (26.99) and the 1,000 freestyle (10:55.14), while Murphy was the third swimmer to touch the wall in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 54.89.
- Sophomore standout Hannah O'Halloran continues her superb season, after earning honorable mention All-American accolades in the 200 backstroke during the 2017 NCAA Division III Championhip, as she earned a second-place nod in the 200 backstroke (2:12.68) and a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:02.75).
- Freshman Zoe Darmon also stepped up to the plate this weekend for the Cardinals, as the clock read 2:00.82 at the end of her race during the 200 freestyle, which was good for second overall.
- Junior Julia Dietz has been a consistent performer for Wesleyan all season long and nothing changed during this meet, as the Branford, Conn. native collected a pair of top-three finishes on the individual side. The standout athlete raced through the water in a time of 1:01.46 during the 100 backstroke, which put her in the No. 2 slot, and then she rose to the occasion with a third-place effort during the 50 backstroke (28.64).
- Sophomore Grace Middleton was a focal point in the Cardinals' lineup, finishing in the third slot during the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.59.
- On the diving side, junior Devon Cooper was impressive off the 3-meter board, posting a score of 225.15, which was the third-best mark.
- Wesleyan also earned two second-place finishes in team-oriented relay events. During the 200 medley relay, Murphy, senior captain Zoe Kerrich, Middleton and Darmon finished with a time of 1:51.39, and then that same group of women posted a time of 1:40.35 in the 200 freestyle relay.
- The Cardinals will host Connecticut College on Friday (6:30 p.m.) at the Wesleyan Natatorium in Middletown, Conn.