MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's swimming and diving team has its sights set on moving up in the conference ranks this weekend when it travels to Middlebury for the 2019 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship. Tufts looks to defend its title this year, as the Jumbos captured their first NESCAC crown last season, snapping Williams streak of 15 consecutive Championships.
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The 800 freestyle relay will jump start the weekend, as the sole event on Thursday begins at 7:00 p.m. Competition on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday begins with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. All tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 per session for adults ($5 on Thursday) and $3 per session for children and students.
A live webcast will be available at NESCAC.com and on Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire (search NESCAC Network). Results from the NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be available throughout the weekend at NESCAC.com and via the NESCAC Twitter account (@NESCAC).
CARDINALS TO WATCH:
- Alan Huh performed well at last year's conference meet, establishing personal best times in the 100 and 200 breast with marks of 1:03.16 and 2:18.58, respectively.
- Also having breakout races in last year's NESCAC Championship was Garrett Kaufmann who recorded personal best marks in the 50 (22.19) and 100 free (49.68), as well as the 50 back (25.34).
- First-year Jeffrey Haegelin has had a great rookie campaign and looks to build on his successes this weekend.
- Jared Christopher has also made an impact on the team in his first year. During a dual meet against Bowdoin, Christopher finished runner-up in the 1000-yard free (10:13.29), and he finished first against Colby in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.89).
- Off the boards, Joel Groves, Brandon Pearson and Charlie Vogel look to be competitive. Groves earned first place off both the 1-meter (253.60 points) and 3-meter (276.65) in a home tri-meet earlier this season, establishing an NCAA Regional qualifying standard off the 1-meter.
- Senior captains Max Wimer and Phon Leeswadtrakul have been instrumental in guiding the team throughout their time at Wesleyan. During his freshman year, Wimer placed in the 200 free and will look to make it back to the finals this time around.
- "Because of our thin roster this year, we knew we would be at a disadvantage when it came to team points at the NESCAC meet. Our success this year, will be based on personal improvements and team spirit. I challenged our men to be 'that team' whose actions and energy make it seem like we are winning the meet. They have put in the work and I could not be more proud of the effort and attitude they bring to the pool deck each day. We are ready to put up some of our best times, and will be aiming to beat Hamilton and Trinity. Because of their true grit and determination, I am confident that we will see many personal best swim and diving performances in the days ahead."