MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore Caroline Murphy and junior Julia Dietz grabbed a pair of top-five finishes on the individual side, respectively, for the Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team on Saturday, as the Cardinals finished with nine top-six finishes at the Wesleyan Natatorium in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- WPI defeated Wesleyan, 189-120, and the Cardinals fell short to Williams, 251-48, and Tufts, 214-81.
- Murphy was the second-place performer in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 27.98, trailing first place by only 0.93 seconds. Dietz followed Murphy's lead and registered a runner-up nod of her own during the 100 backstroke (1:01.34), finishing only 0.58 seconds out of first place.
- Dietz, who grew up in Branford, Conn., was the fifth-place finisher during the 50 backstoke, clocking a time of 28.53, while Murphy glided through the water and finished in the No. 5 slot during the 100 freestyle (55.26).
- Freshman Zoe Darmon continues to turn heads during her rookie campaign, finishing in the fifth slot during the 50 freestyle (25.57), and checking in at No. 6 during the 100 freestyle (55.42).
- Senior captain Zoe Kerrich swam a strong race in the 50 breaststroke, compiling a time of 32.04, which was good for fourth overall, and junior standout Maela Whitcomb was the sixth-place performer during the 500 freestyle (5:17.69).
- During the 400 freestyle relay, the Cardinals turned to their lineup of Darmon, Murphy, Dietz and Kerrich, as the women grabbed fifth-place honors with a time of 3:43.53.
- The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 6, against Hamilton at 3 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.