MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior Alex Kapphahn rattled off a trio of top-four performances on the individual side for the Wesleyan University men's swimming & diving team on Saturday, as the Cardinals grabbed eight top-six finishes at the Wesleyan Natatorium in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- WPI outlasted Wesleyan, 239-80, while the Cardinals also suffered losses to Williams, 209-96, and Tufts, 257-62.
- Kapphahn earned third-place recognition in the 100-yard backstroke (53.51) and the 100 freestyle (47.66), while also jumping into the fourth slot during the 50 freestyle (22.10).
- Senior Ethan Chupp was exceptional during the diving events, as the Ann Arbor, Mich. native placed second overall off the 3-meter board (267.20) and third in the 1-meter event (256.10).
- Freshman Phillip Wong grabbed a pair of top-six nods, including posting the fifth-best time (1:57.60) in the 200 backstroke. Wong, who hails from Fort Lee, N.J., additionally was the sixth swimmer to touch the wall during the 50 backstroke (25.27).
- Senior Spencer Tang finished one spot ahead of Wong in the rankings at the No. 5 slot during the 50 backstroke, clocking a time of 25.16, which trailed fourth place by only 0.11 seconds.
- The Cardinals relied on Kapphahn, sophomore Quinn Tucker, Wong and Tang during the 400 freestyle relay, and the unit worked well together, ultimately finishing seventh overall with a time of 3:15.55.
- The Cardinals will square off against Hamilton on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.