Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College Athletics has announced the seven nominees for the 2020 Trinity Club of Hartford Trophy Award, given annually to the college's senior female athlete of the year. With the cancellation of Trinity's annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, we are celebrating those considered for these awards virtually over the next two weeks. The nominees are Wyllie Boughton (Volleyball), Julia Brogan (Tennis), Samantha Feenstra (Cross Country/Track and Field), Peace Kabari (Basketball/Track and Field), Vanessa Raj (Squash), Alex Sinson (Ice Hockey), and Kirsten Thiim (Rowing).
Endowed by the Trinity Club of Hartford, this award is comparable in every way to the McCook Trophy. The recipient is selected by vote of the same committee of faculty and captains of varsity teams. The winner must be a senior woman of good scholastic standing and with distinction in athletics. Like the McCook winner, she must have shown diligence and conscientiousness in drill, training, discipline, and dependability in practice, courtesy, self-control, uprightness and honor.
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Wyllie Boughton is a tri-captain and middle and outside hitter for the Trinity volleyball team. She led Trinity in total blocks with 68 (11 solo) and added 101 kills for a .103 hitting percentage, 20 service aces (3rd on team), and 175 digs (2nd on team) in 23 matches and 79 sets as a middle hitter and outside hitter for the Bantams in 2020. Trinity finished the 2019 season with an 8-15 overall record and in 10th place in the NESCAC with a 1-9 record in league play. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Boughton finished her fine career with 462 kills for a .109 hitting percentage, 103 aces, 528 digs, and 166 total blocks in 89 matches and 313 sets.
Julia Brogan is a tri-captain and four-year starter in singles and doubles for the Trinity women's tennis teams. She played in the top half of the Trinity singles lineup throughout her career and won 19 career singles matches against some of the toughest competition in all of NCAA Division III, including a 1-3 record in her COVID-19 outbreak-shortened senior season. In 2018-19, she finished second on the squad in singles winning percentage and third in singles wins with a 7-6 record. In doubles, Brogan was 3-5 in 2019-20 and 29-31 in her career. As a junior, she teamed with classmate Elena Pellegrini to lead Trinity in doubles wins and doubles percentage with the same partner, as the pair went 8-4 as a tandem. Brogan was a three-time ITA All-Academic honoree and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honors recipient heading into her final spring.
Samantha Feenstra is a co-captain for both the Trinity women's cross country and women's track and field teams. She was named to the USTFCCCA New England All-Regional Women's Cross Country Team for her outstanding performance in the NCAA Division III Regional Championship Meet. Feenstra was 12th overall, less than a second out of 11th place and more than six seconds faster than the 13th-place finisher to help the Bantams claim 12th as a squad in the meet. She bested her own Trinity record for the 6,000-meter race by 19 seconds to become the first Bantam among the top 20 at the New England Women's Championships since 2004. Feenstra was selected as an at-large participant in the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet in Louisville, Kentucky, as one of the top-seven individuals from the Regional who are not part of a participating team at the National Meet. Trinity's first female competitor in the National Meet since 2004, she posted a 118th-place time of 22:59.6 on the muddy and slippery course in a steady rain. Also this fall, Feenstra won the UNE Invitational in Maine and the Tri-State Invitational in Rhode Island and originally set a new Trinity 6,000-meter record with a time of 22:08.5 in the Connecticut College Invitational. She added a 15th-place finish at the NESCAC Championships, as Trinity placed 11th as a team in that meet. Feenstra has received both NESCAC and USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in her cross country career. In track and field, Feenstra posted Trinity's top mile time with a first-place finish in the Triangle Invitational at Springfield and set a new Bantam record in the 3,000-meter run while nearly qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championships. She earned All-New England outdoor honors in the 5,000-meter run in 2018.
Peace Kabari is a tri-captain and starting guard for the Trinity women's basketball team and a thrower for the Trinity women's track and field teams. She was honored as the 2019-20 NESCAC Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Trinity finished the season with a 16-9 overall record and fifth in the NESCAC with a 5-5 conference mark, and qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Kabari shot 45.5 percent (7th in NESCAC) from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range, and 71.2 percent from the foul line while averaging a team-high 13.0 ppg (13th in NESCAC) in her third season as a starter on the wing this winter. She led the Bantams in nearly every statistical category, including rebounding at 7.2 per game (T5th in NESCAC), assists at 2.4 per game, steals at a NESCAC-best 2.9 per game, and blocks at 0.8 per game. Kabari played in all 25 games with 22 starts, was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week once, made the all-tournament team in the Trinity Tip-Off Tournament, and notched 27 points and seven rebounds in the NESCAC Quarterfinals this winter. In her fine career, Kabari averaged 10.7 ppg and became Trinity's 11th 1,000-point scorer with 1,050 total points (10th all-time at Trinity), while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and 70.7 percent from the foul line. She totaled 639 rebounds (10th all-time at Trinity), 275 assists (T8th all-time at Trinity), 234 steals (4th all-time at Trinity), and 72 blocks (4th all-time at Trinity) in 98 games and 72 starts. Kabari is the only Bantam in history to amass over 1,000 points, over 600 rebounds, and over 275 assists. Kabari was also named to the USTFCCCA New England All-Region Indoor Track and Field Team in the shot put, and Trinity finished ninth in New England at the Division III Indoor Regional Championships this winter. She set a new Trinity indoor record in the shot put with a second-place toss of 45'00.05" at the Tufts Qualifying Meet, and finished second in the 2020 New England Division III Championship Meet with a toss of 41'00.50" the week prior. Kabari earns her second USTFCCCA All-Region indoor shot put accolade in a row despite competing in just a couple of events each year while also starring on the basketball court. She has scored at championships meets nine times, winning the 2018 NESCAC and the 2019 New England Division III and New England Open titles in the shot put. She also holds Trinity's outdoor record of 49'05.75" in the event, set in her All-American runner-up finish in the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships, qualified for outdoor Nationals in 2018 and 2019, and added USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the shot put in 2018 and 2019 and in the discus throw in 2019. Kabari received a Robert R. Bartlett Award from the Trinity Athletic Department last spring for her work in the campus and surrounding communities last spring.
Vanessa Raj is a tri-captain and four-year starter for the Trinity women's squash team. A four-time College Squash Association (CSA) All-American and All-NESCAC selection, Raj completed the best statistical season in the history of Trinity women's squash with a perfect 18-0 record in the middle of the Trinity lineup this winter. She was the lone Bantam to go 3-0 in the Howe Cup and won one of the four CSA National Singles Championship Holleran Division titles, which feature the nation's top 17 to 80 players, for the third year in a row to close the season. She ends her fantastic Trinity career with a 64-7 record that ranks her fourth in Trinity history in both wins and winning percentage (.901), and won 10 of her 12 Howe Cup matches. Raj was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2017.
Alex Sinson is the captain and a defender for the Trinity women's ice hockey team. A two-year captain, Sinson played in all 25 games and totaled four goals and five assists while anchoring Trinity's defense in 2019-20. The Bantams closed the 2019-20 season with an 8-13-4 overall record and finished eighth in the NESCAC with a 3-11-2 mark against conference foes to qualify for the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Sinson was named the 2019 Board of Fellows Award recipient as the College's junior female scholar athlete of the year, and made both the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American Scholar List and the NESCAC All-Academic List three times each. She also represented Trinity women's ice hockey on the NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. Sinson completed her fine career with six goals and 16 assists in 99 games.
Kirsten Thiim is a co-captain and four-year starter for the Trinity women's rowing team. A two-year captain, Thiim was named an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree in 2019. She has also received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athlete, NIRC All-Academic and NESCAC All-Academic honors multiple times. In the 2019 fall season, Thiim helped Trinity's varsity four finish third in Quinisgamond Snake Regatta. Thiim held Trinity's fastest 2,000-meter ergometer score every year she was on the team. She was also a part of Trinity's varsity eight stern pair, considered the "quarterback" in rowing, all four years.
2019-20 Trinity Athletic Awards Announcement Schedule
April 27 - Robert R. Bartlett Award Nominees (m, f)
April 28 - Bantam and Silver Award Nominees
April 29 - George Sheldon McCook Trophy and Trinity Club of Hartford Trophy Nominees
April 30 - Bob Harron Award and Board of Fellows Award Winners
May 1 - Susan E. Martin Award and ECAC Award Winners
May 4 - Blanket Award Winners
May 5 - Robert R. Bartlett Award Winners
May 6 - Bantam and Silver Award Winners
May 7 - George Sheldon McCook Trophy Winner
May 8 - Trinity Club of Hartford Trophy Winner