Talented Veterans Combine with Capable Newcomers to Give Cardinals Both Ability and Depth for 2010-11
A squad of 20 returnees complemented by an influx of eight freshmen will give the 2010-11 Cardinals a solid basis to pursue another winning campaign as the season inaugurates Sat., Nov. 20 with a visit from NESCAC rivals Trinity and Bates. Wesleyan, which posted a 9-4 overall record a year ago, which included a 4-4 mark in dual meets vs. NESCAC rivals, once again will face the same eight conference foes in dual meets while also racing against Hamilton in the annual Cardinal Invitational. Thus, the only NESCAC team Wesleyan fails to see during the regular season is Middlebury.
Leading Wesleyan into the new campaign are co-captains Cara Madden '11 (top photo) and Janine Zaltsman '11 (bottom photo). Madden has enjoyed a outstanding Cardinal career, setting the 100 free record a year ago while contributing to school standards in all three free relays. A tremendous backstroke talent as well, Madden holds both the 50 and 100 backstroke records at Wesleyan, both set in 2009. She was an all-NESCAC performer in the 50 back in 2009-10. Zaltsman has been a force in the freestyle as well during her career as well as the fly and back and will be looking to wrap up her career on a high note.
Also back with all-NESCAC laurels under her belt is Cara Colker-Eybel '13, the team's rookie standout a year ago. Colker-Eybel was a part of all three record-setting free relay squads while also setting two individual marks in her specialty, the IM. She also excels in the breaststroke and fly. To her credit, Colker-Eybel had national "B" cuts in three different events as a freshman - the 100 fly, the 200 IM and the 200 free.
The Cardinals have a great deal of depth in all events with Ally Anderson '13 and Katie Havlovic '13 adding to the sprint free, Rhyan Toledo '12 and Autumn Pak '13 contributing in the back, distance free and butterfly support coming from Rachel Cohen '12 with Emily Kodis '11 also lending a hand in the fly and breaststroke ability coming from Sam Santaniello '13 and Rachel Cohn '13, with numerous others ready to come through as well.
The diving responsibilities rest on returnees Naima Ford '11, Lindsay Ballard '11 and Sam Maldonado. Ford is the most accomplished of the group, placing eighth in both the one-meter and three-meter boards during the 2009-10 NESCAC meet.
A bumper crop of newcomers will give the team a tremendous lift heading into the campaign. Each stroke is covered well by at least two of the freshmen.