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A Youthful Cardinals Squad Embarks On 2015-16 Season

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

Head Coach Peter Solomon enters his fourth season at the helm of the Wesleyan Swimming and Diving Program, and this year's team could prove to be one of his best.

The women's team returns a young core of talented swimmers and divers, even with the graduation of seven seniors, including decorated athlete Angela Slevin '15, who graduated with six individual school records and was a part of all five varsity relay teams during her tenure here at Wesleyan. Though the deep and talented senior class left many holes, the incoming class of eight freshmen and a transfer, will fill those holes nicely.

The women have a strong diving core where they return two divers who finished in the top eight of last years NESCA Championship in senior Carly Feinman and sophomore Emily Kessler. The women also have a strong breaststroke team where they are returning sophomores Luisa Chan and Zoe Kerrich. Both of those swimmers will also be key in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events.  In the Individual Medley events, the Cardinals boost talented swimmers in Senior Captain Liyan Yao, Junior Captain Martha Smith, and first year swimmer Maela Whitcomb. These swimmers will look to provide Wesleyan with a strong presence in the IM Events during the season.

In the distance distance freestyle event sophomore Lauren Conte, who reached the NESCA finals in the 1000M and 1650M events, will look to step up and improve upon last year's performances.

Overall the women's teams will feature eight new faces, providing much needed depth and a boost in talent; especially in the backstroke and sprint freestyle events. Coach Solomon believes that this year's underclassmen are proving to be an exciting addition to the team, especially in the relays where all of the relay teams posted much faster times than they had in previous years at the most recent scrimmage. Coach Solomon says that he "couldn't be more excited about what the upcoming season holds based on participation in preseason training and the dedication to the team." Solomon also says he "feels the team has turned the corner and they are on the threshold of an unprecedented season."  While the team has remained in eighth place in the NESCAC Conference Championships over the past five years, they look to surprise a few schools this season and make a move in the ranks.

Wesleyan's first official meet is Saturday November 21 at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.