Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College sophomore Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) and first-years Aleksander Kapanadze (London, England) and Alex Schrock (Long Lake, Minn.) finished eighth in the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard backstroke, and the three-meter diving, respectively, on the final day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Bowdoin College's Greason Pool this evening. The Bantams finished in ninth place with 565 points, which was 71 ahead of 10th-place Wesleyan and just 5.5 behind eighth-place Colby. Tufts won the team title with 1,671 points.
"I am really proud of the guys for how we competed this weekend," said Trinity Head Coach Carlos Vega (3rd Season). "We were a young team and grew as one throughout the year. We put ourselves in position for the last free relay for eighth and came up a little short. We learn and we will grow."
Aleksander Kapandze set a new Trinity record in the 200-yard backstroke in his preliminary heat with a time of 52.15 and finished eighth in the championship finals at 1:54.02. Schrock posted a score of 332.05 in the three-meter diving, while Kalmiskii recorded an eighth-place time of 1:53.37 in the 200-yard fly and finished ninth in the 200-yard back at 52.15. Trinity first-year Radojilca Pavlovic (Belgrade, Serbia) added a ninth-place time of 46.04 in the 100-yard freestyle, and sophomore George Kapanadze (London, England) registered a 16th-place time of 16:36.42 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Bantam sophomore Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) came in 22nd place in the 200-yard fly, and George Kapanadze came in 23rd place in the 200-yard breaststroke to round out the scoring individuals. Kalmiskii, Aleksander Kapanadze, Pavlovic, and first-year Marco Rupp (Wolfsburg, Austria) set a new Bantam record with a seventh-place time of 3:05.91 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
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 a 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. Trinity rookie Charlie Roth (Alexandria, Va.) came in 17th place in the 100-yard backstroke yesterday 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.
On Friday, 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, junior Ethan Hunter (Westport, Conn.), and senior tri-captain Trip McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) were 13th, 17th, and 19th, respectively, in the 50-yard breaststroke on Friday. Five more Trinity first-years scored points on the first day of their first championship meet. Jamilkowski came in 15th place in the 50-yard butterfly, Roth was 16th in the 50-yard backstroke, Rupp was 21st in the 50-yard free, William Wynne (Cheshire, Conn.) was 24th in the 50-yard backstroke, and Schrock was 10th in the one-meter diving with a score of 364.45. Junior Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia) added a 24th-place finish in the 50-yard fly, while Trinity was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay and ninth in the 400-yard medley relay.