Wesleyan men and women score convincing season-opening wins at Tarbell Pool
LEWISTON, Maine — Wesleyan University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each enjoyed successful season debuts in a dual NESCAC meet at Bates College on Saturday at Tarbell Pool. The Wesleyan women won 11 out of 12 swimming events for a 138-97 victory, while the Cardinal men won nine out of 11 events in a 135-57 win.
Two Wesleyan women won two individual events and also teamed up in the winning 200-yard medley relay team, which timed in at 1:56.24. Sophomore Kate Krems won the 100-yard butterfly in a final time of 1:00.53, and also scored a win in the 200 freestyle, in 2:01.08. Classmate Amanda Shapiro won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.47, as well as the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.97. Along with first-year teammates Caitlin Bethlahmy and Agnes Koczo, they captured the 200 medley relay as well.
The Bates women received their lone swimming event victory on the strength of sophomore Annie Barton’s (Holladay, Utah) 56.24-second performance in the 100-yard freestyle finals.
The host Bates women took first and second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Bates first-year Kelsey Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine) took first in the 1-meter competition with 221.60 points and first in the 3-meter with 204.35 points. Sophomore Tasha Rosener (Dillon, Colo.) was second in both events with 193.80 and 193.70 points, respectively.
Seniors Dan Devine and Josh Tanz and junior Ben Byers led the Wesleyan men with two individual victories apiece. Byers won the 500 and 1000 free races in 4:54.62 and 9:54.27, respectively. Tanz was first in the 100 fly (55.02) and 50 free (22.62), and Devine placed first in the 100 free (49.74) and 200 free (1:51.06). Tanz was also in the winning 200 medley relay (1:44.29) with Will Hasty, Jeff Stein and Mike Pepi.
Bates senior Fisher Qua (Cambridge, N.Y.) won the 100 breast in 1:07.10 for the Bobcats’ lone individual first-place finish. Bates also won the men’s 200 freestyle relay, with sophomore John Bauer (Concord, Mass.), first-year Nate Cooper (Chestertown, Md.), first-year Mark Andrews (Cumberland, Maine) and senior Will Youmans (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) hitting the wall first.