Trinity Men's Swimming And Diving Opens 2017-18 Season This Weekend In Maine

Trinity Men's Swimming And Diving Opens 2017-18 Season This Weekend In Maine

Hartford, Conn - Following its most successful season in the water in recent memory, the Trinity College Bantams are eager to open the 2017-18 men's swimming and diving season on Saturday, November 18 at Bates College in a tri-meet that will also include Wesleyan University. The Bantams, led by 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year, Head Coach Carlos Vega (4th season), will rely on senior tri-captains John Dolan (Westfield, Mass.), Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.), and Hunter Mitchell-Adams (Stratford, Conn.) for leadership and along with valuable experience from the rest of the returning 2017 NESCAC team. A large and talented freshman class brings the roster to 25, giving the Bantams both depth and speed heading into a challenging dual-meet season and for the 2018 NESCAC Championship Meet at Bowdoin College in February.

Dolan and Mitchell-Adams are seasoned and dependable in numerous strokes and McConnell has Trinity's third-fastest, top time in the 50-yard breaststroke. The Bantams return a wealth of points and experience in the junior class as well. Ethan Hunter (Westport, Conn.) and Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia), who will return in January from a semester abroad, and Alex Wolfson (Morristown, N.J.) have each etched their names in the Trinity record books. Kostic earned All-NESCAC honors with a third-place performance in the 1,000-yard free to lead the Bantams to a best-ever, seventh-place finish in the team standings last season. Kostic holds the Trinity record in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle and is as a member of the record-setting 800-yard free relay. Hunter broke out as a sophomore and set new Bantam marks in the 50- and 100-yard breaststrokes, while Wolfson owns Trinity's all-time fastest 200-yard backstroke, and second and third fastest 50 and 100-yard backstroke. Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) rounds out the junior class, having scored in two different butterfly events at last year's NESCAC Meet.

Two of Trinity's most impressive seasons in 2016-17 came from current sophomores Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) and George Kapanadze (London, England). Kalmiskii registered a top-ten, all-time mark in every event but the 400-yard IM and breaststrokes, while classmate Kapanadze set new Bantam records in both the 1,650-yard free and the 400-yard IM. Trinity will rely heavily on both, but its improved depth should allow the two to concentrate more energy on less events and swim even faster times. The first-year class will have an immediate impact in a variety of events. Owen Hall (Potomac, Md.) and Alex Kapanadze (London, England) are versatile competitors who will score points throughout each meet. Radojica Pavlovic(Belgrade, Serbia) anchors the sprinters and Alex Schrock (Long Lake, Minn.) will be a top-flight diver off both boards.