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Women’s Swimming & Diving Records Six First-Place Finishes on Saturday

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team totaled 18 top-three finishes on Saturday, as the Cardinals defeated Roger Williams, 191-105, and fell short to Springfield, 158.50-140.50 at the Wesleyan Natatorium in Middletown, Conn.


  • Junior Maela Whitcomb was outstanding for the Cardinals, finishing first overall in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:13.22) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:17.95).
  • Wesleyan was outstanding in team-oriented relay events, as sophomore Hannah O'Halloran, senior captain Zoe Kerrich, sophomore Leah Cravitz and freshman Zoe Darmon claimed first-place recognition in the 400 medley relay (4:06.12), clearing second place by 4.97 seconds.   
  • During the 400 freestyle relay, O'Halloran, Darmon, Whitcomb and sophomore Grace Middleton clocked a time of 3:43.01, which was good for first overall – 0.85 seconds ahead of the second-place group.
  • O'Halloran, who grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J., also took her talents to some individual events and the results did not disappoint, as she finished first overall in the 100 backstroke (1:00.57) and earned runner-up honors in the 200 backstroke (2:12.30).
  • Kerrich joined the fun with a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, as her time of 1:08.71 cleared the second-place performer by 2.03 seconds. The Chappaqua, N.Y. native was not done making a statement, as the outstanding leader placed first overall in the 200 breaststroke (2:30.15) and compiled a third-place effort in the 200 IM (2:19.20).
  • Junior Bella Wiener showcased her talent at this meet, grabbing a third-place nod in the 100 backstroke (1:03.51), while also sneaking into the No. 3 slot in the 200 backstroke (2:15.55).
  • During the 200 freestyle, Darmon fought her way to a second-place effort, outlasting the third-place performer by 0.19 seconds. She then followed up with an impressive third-place outing in the 50 freestyle, clocking a time of 25.64.
  • Junior Kylie Han, who hails from Piedmont, Calif., contributed with a strong race in the 100 freestyle, cruising through the water in a time of 57.24, which put her in the No. 3 slot. Middleton also earned a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.22.
  • On the diving side, junior Devon Cooper posted a score of 238.75 off the 1-meter board, which was good for second overall. In the 3-meter event, Cooper once again finished in the second slot (226.40), and senior captain Emily Kessler grabbed third-place recognition (221.95).


  • The Cardinals will compete against Bowdoin, Colby and Trinity on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Middletown, Conn.