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Gibbs ’22 and Murphy ’20 Lead Charge for Wesleyan

Photo courtesy of Ronald Wimer P '19
Photo courtesy of Ronald Wimer P '19

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's swimming and diving team opened it's 2018-19 season with a home meet against Bates and Trinity. The team was led by first-year Mengmeng Gibbs and Junior Caroline Murphy, as the duo each took home first place in three different events. The Cardinals were victorious over Trinity (180-114), but were edged by Bates (154-139).


  • Gibbs debuted her rookie season taking home first place in the 100-yard breast with a time of 1:08.16, just .31 seconds ahead of the next competitor. In the 200-yard breast, Gibbs' top-finish clocked in at 2:29.11, three seconds before the second-place finisher. In the 200-yard IM it was a battle of the freshmen, as Gibbs (2:15.68) was edged out of first by Trinity's Zory Matlashewski (2:13.83).
  • Murphy was victorious in the 100-yard back, clocking in at 1:00.17, and in the 100-yard free with a time of 55.13.
  • Gibbs and Murphy joined Grace Middleton and Maela Whitcomb in the 200-yard medley relay, where the team had finished first with a time of 1:48.86. The 200-yard free relay team (Sophia Antonio, Middletown, Murphy and Hannah O'Halloran) placed second with a time of 1:40.06, just one second behind Bates.
  • O'Halloran swam to a second-place finish in the 200-yard free, clocking in with a time of 2:01.00, while placing third in the 200-yard back (2:12.50).
  • Julia Dietz had a successful day in the 100-yard back, placing third to just Murphy and Sweeney, with a time of 1:01.44.
  • Middleton also placed second in the 50-yard free (25.65), fourth in the 100-yard free (56.18) and was a part of the second-place 200-yard free relay team.
  • Yaiza Kinney debuted her rookie season with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard fly (2:23.47), while freshman  had a strong performance in the 100-yard breast, placing fifth (1:11.92). Leah Cravitz and Amanda McHugh were not far behind Townsend, placing sixth (1:02.38) and seventh (1:02.55), respectively.
  • The divers were extremely successful during the day today, sweeping first through fourth against Bates who had no divers, giving Wesleyan a 32-point advantage heading into the meet. Off the 3-meter board, Wesleyan took home second through fifth, falling only to Trinity's Lia Urban Spillane. Devon Cooper placed second off the 1-meter board with a mark of 198.20.


  • Wesleyan has a quick turnaround, as they are back in action on Monday when they host Amherst at 5:00 p.m.