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Women's Swimming & Diving Prepares for NESCAC Championship

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's swimming and diving team will compete at the 2016 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship this weekend beginning Friday, Feb. 12. The three-day meet will take place at the Middlebury Natatorium.

Competition will get underway each day with preliminary heats beginning at 10 a.m. Finals begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. All championship information is available on the NESCAC Championship home page, which can be viewed HERE.

Tickets are $8 per session or $45 for an all-session pass for adults, and $3 per session for children and students. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to the preliminaries and finals. 

The NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be broadcasted live by the Northeast Sports Network, and will feature live results throughout the weekend. (Webcast/Live Results)

The Cardinals enter the championship with a dual-meet record of 4-8 against NESCAC competition. Leading the way for Wesleyan are divers Devon Cooper '19 and Emily Kessler '18, as the duo enters this weekend's postseason meet with two of the top-three entries in the 1-meter dive. Cooper has the second best mark with a total of 351.15 points in 11 dives, second to only Arian Ross of Williams, while Kessler has the third best mark of 339.90. In addition, Erin Angell '19 and Carly Feinman '16 have the fourth and fifth best marks, respectively, with times of 334.35 and 286.72.

In swimming events, Maela Whitcomb '19 looks to lead the group as she enters her first championship meet of her collegiate career. The freshman enters the tournament with the sixth fastest time in the 50-yard butterfly (26.84), the eighth-best mark in the 200 backstroke (2:11.59), and the 14th fastest time in the 100 back (1:01.67).

For a full NESCAC preview of this weekend's conference championship, visit