Junior co-captain and Montreal native Wes Newman has made quite an impact on the men’s swimming team and has been a competitive performer for the Red throughout his career.
“I began swimming when I was five with a small club team in the city I live in back home,” Newman said. “I wasn’t necessarily the fastest kid when I was younger, but I have improved pretty consistently to get where I am today. I was also kind of a fat kid so once I lost the weight I guess I became more hydrodynamic.”
Wes’ older brother, Brad, also swam for Cornell and the brothers often competed with each other in some of the same events.
The men’s swimming team split its second dual meet of the season on Friday in Philadelphia, topping the Penn Quakers and falling short of the Princeton Tigers. The Red overcame Penn with a score of 177- 123 and lost by a score of 199-101 to Princeton.
Out of 16 events, Cornell won five. It was a very successful meet for junior Phil Baity, who recorded two individual victories in the 100 and 200 back and also as the lead leg of the 200 medley relay. Joining Baity in the relay were Nick Campbell, Jackson Wang and Brad Gorter. The relay team came in more than a second ahead of Penn, the second- place finisher, with a time of 1:33.87
Though the soccer team fell just short of a .500 record, the Red’s last game of the season was a close one. The Penn Quakers (6-9-2, 3-4-0 Ivy) scored the game-winning goal with less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation to defeat the Red (7-9-1, 1-5-1), by a score of 2-1.
Sophomore Matt Bouraee scored Cornell’s lone goal of the game, his ninth of the season. The goal was the first of the game, occurring in the 20th minute. Senior co-captain Aaron Vieira and junior Sean Mooney recorded the assists for Bouraee’s goal.
“The ball knocked around and since Matty’s a very quick kid, he was able to get there before the goalie,” senior Brian Kuritzky said. “He’s a great finisher; he just got around the keeper and put the ball in the net.”
Their impact is evident. This year’s senior class has brought the men’s soccer team from one lone win four years ago to one win away from a .500 record with one game to go — an unheard of concept then.
“For us, it’s easy to take a four-year sample and see what type of impact these guys have made,” said head coach Bryan Scales. “When they were freshmen, we really struggled. We plotted our course of action and have been trying to build and strengthen the program since. The fact that we could get a .500 record is tangible evidence that this senior class has truly influenced the program. We haven’t been .500 since ’01.”
The men’s and women’s swimming teams both split their season opening dual meets, beating Dartmouth and falling short of Harvard.
For the men’s team, the scores revealed a large margin between Cornell and Dartmouth (228-70), but the disparity between the Red and the Crimson was minimal (161-139).
The men’s swimming team is up to the challenge of topping an unprecedented season. With 17 returners, 11 newcomers, and led by tri-captain seniors Brad Gorter and Thomas Treddenick and junior Wes Newman, the Red boast an experienced and ambitious roster.
“We will rely on our exceptional ability to race and compete in our attempt to repeat our success from last season,” Treddenick said. “Having just finished our time trials, we have seen some amazing swims from guys and have high expectations for the year.”
The Columbia Lions — the squad currently occupying the basement of the Ancient Eight standings — will do battle with the Red for the seventh spot when the teams face off tomorrow. Cornell needs a win to avoid last place, but also to strive for a .500 overall record this season — something that has not happened in some time.
“At this point in the season, it’s all about playing well,” said junior Miyad Movassaghi. “The win definitely gives us more confidence going into Saturday’s game. If we play like we did against Hartwick, and work as a team, it will be a good game.”
All the Red needed was 17 minutes of play to effectively finish off the Hartwick Hawks last night. In less than beautiful weather, it’s a shame that sudden death scoring was not implemented, as the 1-0 score at the 17 minute mark held up throughout the game.
Though the contest was out of conference and had no effect on Cornell’s Ivy League record, it nonetheless improved the Red’s overall record to 5-8-1. With the loss, Hartwick falls to 5-5-6 in their last contest of the season before the playoffs.
Sophomore Matt Bouraee scored the only goal of the game and recorded his seventh goal of the season.
With an undefeated Ivy League record and one lone goal scored against the squad in conference play, the Dartmouth statistics are daunting. The Green has an overall record of 9-3-2 and is currently 3-0-1 in Ivy League play. The Red, 5-7-1 overall, and 0-3-1 in the Ivy League, looks to challenge the Green’s undefeated streak.
Dartmouth, like any team in the Ancient Eight, has its sights set on the Ivy League title. Winning this year’s title would mark the Green’s third title in four years.
After a full 60 minutes of scoreless play, the Red conceded the game-deciding goal to Princeton. With the 1-0 loss, Cornell’s record fell to 5-7-1 (0-3-1 Ivy) for the season, whereas Princeton improved to 4-8-2 (2-2-0).
The game’s statistics show that this contest could hardly have been more evenly matched. Cornell and Princeton recorded 12 and 13 total shots, respectively, and both teams had 5 shots on goal. For the Red, however, that one shot differential made a big difference.
“It was a hard fought game, but neither team had very many goal-scoring opportunities,” said junior Dana Flanders. “Princeton just managed to capitalize on one of the few chances that they had. Otherwise, it was a direct game, and unfortunately we couldn’t get a goal.”