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Cardinals Entertain No. 15 Mammoths in Home Opener

Grace Middleton claimed the 50 fly (Ronald Wimer).
Grace Middleton claimed the 50 fly (Ronald Wimer).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's swimming and diving teams hosted Little Three rival Amherst in its home opener on Monday evening. The Cardinals suffered a 190-100 loss to No. 15 Amherst in the team's 43rd meeting. 


  • Grace Middleton claimed the 50 fly, touching the wall in 27.55, while Rachel Townsend stopped the clock in the 100 IM with a time of 1:04.39.
  • The 400 free relay comprised of Mengmeng Gibbs, Hannah O'Halloran, Heddy Park and Middleton led the field to the wall in 3:42.63.
  • In a tight 200 medley, the Cardinal quartet of Caroline Murphy, Gibbs, Parker and Middleton finished just two seconds behind Amherst with a time of 1:50.00.
  • Second-place finishes also came from Sarah Schou in the 50 fly (28.57) and the 100 IM (1:07.49), Murphy in the 50 backstroke (28.69), O'Halloran in the 100 backstroke (1:01.57) and Gibbs in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.43).
  • In the 100 fly, Gibbs touched the wall in 1:00.41 to earn third place, while Middleton placed third in the 50 free with a time of 25.74. Kelsey Isman also recorded a third place finish with a time of 28.77 in the 50 fly, while Parker bested all Wesleyan swimmers in the 100 free, clocking in at 55.73 to earn third. Leah Cravitz took home third in the 100 IM with a time of 1:07.60.
  • Fourth-place finishes came from Rookie Khushi Jain in the 50 backstroke (29.41) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.05), Rachel Townsend in the 50 breaststroke (32.94) and the 100 free (57.74), and O'Halloran in the 50 free (25.77).


  • The Cardinals are idle until December 7th when they host the CT Cup at 1:00 p.m.