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Men's Swimming and Diving Complete Excellent Weekend at the NESCAC Championships

Photos by Jonas Powell '18
Photos by Jonas Powell '18

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.- The Wesleyan University men's swimming and diving team competed in the three day NESCAC Championships this weekend at the Samuelson-Muir Pool, hosted by Williams College. The Cardinals came in 8th place, while Williams captured its 14th straight title, and 15th overall. 


1. Williams College -1789.5
2. Tufts University -1410.5
3. Connecticut College- 1407
4. Amherst College- 1315
5. Bates College- 956
6. Bowdoin College- 834.5
7. Middlebury College- 801.5
8. Wesleyan- 484
9. Hamilton College- 437
10. Trinity College- 418
11. Colby College- 366


  • Brandon Pearson '18 claimed third overall in the 1-meter dive as he set a new school record with a NCAA qualifying mark of 501.75. Ethan Chupp '18 finished in ninth with a score of 377.35, and Nick Cimino '19 came in 11th with a score of 317.20.
  • The Cardinals' 400-yard relay team of Spencer Tang '18, Jacques Bazile '16, Ali Pourmaleki '18 and Alex Kapphahn '19 established a new school record with a finals time of 3:30.13, to finish ninth overall.
  • Kapphahn lead the way in the pre-consolation final of the 50 back, as he set a varsity record time of 24.27.


  • The 200 relay event saw the Wesleyan team of Kapphahn, Bazile, Tang and Pourmaleki come in ninth with a mark of 1:34.88. Kappahan's time of 23.88 in the 50 back surpassed his program record mark from the previous day.
  • Pourmaleki came in seventh place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.28 - a new school record.
  • In the 800 free relay, the Cardinals' team of Peter Patapis '18, Max Distler '18, Max Wimer '19, and Rob Webster '18 came in tenth place with a time of 7:12.87.


  • Pourmaleki finished in third place in the 200 fly, as he touched the wall in 1:50.55 - his fourth school record of the championship. His time was also an NCAA "B" Consideration Standard, and currently ranks 25th in the country for all Division III swimmers.
  • Pearson took home third place in the 3-meter diving event with a finals score of 482.15, which surpasses NCAA qualifying standards. Chupp finished in tenth place with a score of 334.90.
  • The Wesleyan 400 free relay team of Pourmaleki, Kapphahn, Webster and Noah Hamlish '16 finished in ninth place with a time of 3:19.15.


  • Pearson will represent the Cardinals at the Division III Regional Championships at Wellesley College from Feb. 26-27.