BRUNSWICK, Maine – Junior diver Brandon Pearson started the Wesleyan University men's swimming & diving team off on the right foot Friday at the NESCAC Championship, as he posted an NCAA Regional Qualifying Standard of 452.75 during a fourth-place finish in the championship final off the 3-meter board at Bowdoin College.
Tufts was victorious with 1,671 team points during the three-day conference championship, which ranged from Friday-Sunday, while Williams (1,590) and Amherst (1,467.5) finished in the second and third slots, respectively. Wesleyan finished in the 10th slot with a score of 494, which trailed ninth-place Trinity by only 71 points.
DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals shattered a pair of school records in relay events during the first day of competition, as seniors Ali Pourmaleki, Spencer Tang and Aidan Winn, along with junior Alex Kapphahn posted a varsity record of 1:24.03 during a seventh-place nod in the final of the 200-yard freestyle relay.
- During the final of the 400 medley relay, that same group of men flexed their muscles again, finishing with a school record of 3:26.96, which was good for an eighth-place finish.
- Pourmaleki, a Branford, Conn. native, also leaped into the Cardinals' record book during the preliminaries of the 400 medley relay, as he compiled a school record of 51.59 during his leg in the 100 backstroke.
- Kapphahn earned an 11th-place finish in the preliminaries of the 50 butterfly, to go along with a school-record time of 22.95.
DAY TWO HIGHLIGHTS:
- Pourmaleki carried his first-day momentum into Saturday, breaking another varsity record with a time of 50.12 during the final of the 100 butterfly, which was good for 11th-place recognition.
- Tang, who has touched the wall first in six individual events during the 2017-18 season, earned ninth-place accolades in the final of the 100 backstroke (51.86). The Piedmont, Calif. native was the first-place finisher among the competitors in the consolation final.
- Pourmaleki, sophomore Quinn Tucker, Winn and freshman Phillip Wong were outstanding in the final of the 800 freestyle relay, finishing the race in sixth place with a varsity record of 6:54.13.
DAY THREE HIGHLIGHTS:
- During final-day action, Pourmaleki was the complete package in the 200 butterfly, taking home fourth-place accolades in the championship final (1:50.37, NCAA "B" Consideration Standard) and the preliminaries (1:50.92). The top-notch swimmer nearly earned All-NESCAC honors in the event, as the requirements for that honor is a top-three finish during the finals.
- Senior diver Ethan Chupp was impressive during the championship final off the 3-meter board, compiling a sixth-place performance with a mark of 351.30.
- Wesleyan put a stamp on the three-day meet with another school record in a relay event, as Pourmaleki, Kapphahn, Tucker and Winn recorded a time of 3:06.33, and an eighth-place finish during the final of the 400 freestyle relay.
- Pourmaleki set a school record in the 100 freestyle during the leadoff leg of the 400 freestyle relay, as he clocked a time of 46.41.