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Two Individuals & Three Relay Teams Earn All-NESCAC Accolades

The 400-yard freestyle relay was one of three relays who earned All-NESCAC this weekend (Ronald Wimer).
The 400-yard freestyle relay was one of three relays who earned All-NESCAC this weekend (Ronald Wimer).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Two individuals and all three relays of the Wesleyan women's swimming and diving team earned All-NESCAC honors for their performances in the pool this past weekend. Head coach Peter Solomon was also tabbed the 2019 NESCAC Women's Swimming & Diving Co-Coach of the Year, for the second time in three years, along with Tufts' head coach Adam Hoyt. Solomon guided his team to a program-best sixth place finish.

Caroline Murphy led the way for Wesleyan, recording two individual first-place finishes. On Friday evening, the defending NESCAC Champion won the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 25.37, setting a NESCAC meet record. This was Murphy's third-straight conference crown in the event. The following day, she earned her second NESCAC crown of the weekend in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.99. The time was a full second faster than her winning mark from 2017-18 and was her second-straight title in the event.

First-year Mengmeng Gibbs recorded her first All-NESCAC performance, placing third in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 29.52. 

Gibbs and Murphy were also part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that both earned All-NESCAC laurels, while earning NCAA "B" cut marks. The 200-yard medley relay team (Gibbs, Murphy, Maela Whitcomb and Hannah O'Halloran) touched the wall in 1:43.15, which was good for second place, while the 400-yard medley relay team (Gibbs, Murphy, O'Halloran and Grace Middleton) also earned runner-up honors, clocking in at 3:48.07. 

Murphy, O'Halloran, Middleton and Sophia Antonio earned All-NESCAC accolades in the final event of the weekend, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team touched the wall in 3:27.07 to finish third, which was also an NCAA "B" cut mark.