Hartford, Conn. - The 2017-2018 season was a successful season both in and out of the pool for the Trinity College men's swimming and diving team. In his fourth season at the helm, Head Coach Carlos Vega guided the Bantams to a ninth place finish at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championships while numerous Bantams set new Trinity records throughout the year. During the season, Trinity saw 23 swimmers establish 61 new lifetime bests, one diver set two lifetime-best scores, 11 college records fall and 40 new all-time top-10 marks.
The team's first victory of the winter season came over the Cardinals in a meet that saw 12-of-15 Bantams score points with a handful of first place finishes. Sophomore Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) finished first in three events, the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard fly and 500-yard free, while rookie Radojica Pavlovic (Belgrade, Serbia) won the 50-yard free and finished second in the 100-yard free. Both swimmers 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.).
In early December, Trinity collected a first-place finish at the Hamilton Invitational, finishing 63 points ahead of second-place Oswego State with 693 points. Roth won the 100-yard backstroke and was part of two winning relays, as he teamed with junior Ethan Hunter (Westport, Conn.), rookie Aleksander Kapanadze (London, England) and Pavlovic to win the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard relay. Kalmiskii and Roth finished 1-2 in the 200-yard backstroke, as Kalmiskii registered a time of 1:57.92 and Roth followed at 1:59.98.
Trinity started the spring semester on a high-note, opening with back-to-back victories. Trinity won each of the first 13 events they competed in during the first meet of 2018 against Clark University, led by senior tri-captain Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) and first-years Blake Jamilkowski (New York, N.Y.), Pavlovic, and Rot, who teamed up for a first-place time of 1:38.72 in the 200-yard medley. Rookie William Wynne (Cheshire, Conn.) won the 1,000-yard free at 10:45.22 to ignite a streak of 11 individual races in a row won by the Bantams. McConnell won twice while and Mitchell-Adams won the 50-yard freestyle in their last collegiate home meet.
The Bantams traveled to Vassar College the next morning to defeat the Brewers 172-106 to improve to 4-1 and post their third consecutive victory. Pavlovic won two individual races and two relays, while Roth took first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard back. First-year Owen Hall (Potomac, Md.) won both the 1,000-yard free at 10:24.84 and the 200-yard fly at 2:06.08, and rookie diver Alexander Schrock (Long Lake, Minn.) finished first in the one-meter diving with a score of 213.30. Hall, Pavlovic, Mitchell-Adams and senior tri-captain John Dolan (Detroit, Mich.) concluded the meet with a dominant performance to win the 400-yard free relay by nearly five seconds.
On the first day of the NESCAC Championships, Pavlovic and Aleksander Kapanadze set Trinity College records with top-eight finishes. Pavlovic set a school mark in his preliminary heat with a time of 20.72 and finished fourth at 20.74 in the 50-yard freestyle, and Aleksander Kapanadze posted a seventh-place time of 1:53.32 in the 200-yard individual medley that was also a Bantam record. Dolan, Hunter, and McConnell were 13th, 17th, and 19th, respectively, in the 50-yard breaststroke on Friday.
On Saturday, Trinity recorded a fifth-place time of 1:32.99 in the 200-yard medley relay, as senior tri-captain John Dolan (Detroit, Mich.), Aleksander Kapanadze, Pavlovic, and first-years Blake Jamilkowski (New York, N.Y.) set another new school record. Aleksander Kapanadze also added a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard IM, setting a new Bantam record and qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships in March with a time of 4:01.35, while George Kapanadze was 11th in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Roth came in 17th place in the 100-yard backstroke as well. Trinity closed the meet with another record-breaking relay performance, as Kalmiskii, the Kapanadze brothers, and Rupp finished eighth in the 800-yard free relay at 6:56.50.
The final day of NESCAC Championships saw several Bantams score in the Top-24. Sophomore George Kapanadze (London, England) registered a 16th-place time of 16:36.42 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Alex Kapanadze and Kalmiskii finished eighth and ninth in the 200-yard backstroke. Alex Kapanadze set a new Trinity record in the 200-yard backstroke in his preliminary heat with a time of 1:52.15, which was tied by Kalmiskii in the finals. George Kapanadze finished 23rd in the 200 breaststroke while Kalmiskii returned to the pool to record an eighth-place time of 1:53.37 in the 200-yard fly. Pavlovic added a ninth-place time of 46.04 in the 100-yard freestyle, setting a new school record. Schrock finished eighth in three-meter diving, posting a score of 332.05. First-year Marco Rupp (Wolfsburg, Austria) joined Alex, Greg, and Rale Pavlovic to set a new Bantam record with a seventh-place time of 3:05.91 in the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the championships.
Out of the pool, the Bantams enjoyed a successful season in the classroom, as Dolan, Hall, Kalmiskii, and Rupp all were named to the Trinity Faculty Honors List. Kalmiskii, George Kapanadze and McConnell were all also named to the NESCAC All-Academic team while junior Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team.