Lewiston, Maine - Sophomore Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) finished first in three events while rookie Radojica Pavlovic (Belgrade, Serbia) won one and finished second in another to lead the Trinity College men's swimming team to a 177-119 victory over New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon in a tri-meet hosted by the Bates Bobcats. Trinity, which starts the season 1-1, dropped a nailbiter to Bates, 155-123, in the other meet of the day. The Bantams saw multiple high performance efforts from first-years in their first collegiate competition. Trinity Head Coach Carlos Vega (4th season) was excited with how the day went.
"We are happy to be racing again!" said Coach Vega. "After three weeks of training it was good to see the team in action and perform they way we did. Bates and Wesleyan provided a great atmosphere to see where we are in our training. I couldn't be happier with our performances with both teams leading up to Thanksgiving break and the Hamilton Invite in early December."
Picking up where he left off last winter, Kalmiskii won the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard fly and 500-yard free in a dominant day of racing. The sophomore took first in the 200-yard free by a mere .52 seconds while dominating the 200-yard fly with a 1:59.08 finals time, over five seconds better than the second-place finisher. Pavlovic won the 50-yard free by .10 seconds with a 21.80 finals time, and also finished second in the 100-yard free by less than a second off the first-place pace. Both were a part of Trinity's 200-yard freestyle relay team that turned in a second place performance, along with rookie Charles Roth (Alexandria, Va.) and senior captain Hunter Mitchell-Adams (Stratford, Conn.).
Pavlovic and Roth teamed up with first-year Aleksander Kapanadze (London, England) and senior Trip McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay, just 3.03 off the first place time. Roth added a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke as well as the 100-yard fly, while classmate Blake Jamilkowski (New York, N.Y.) finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Kapanadze capped off a solid first day of racing with a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke while his older brother, sophomore George Kapanadze (London, England) turned in the second-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke.