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Men's Swimming & Diving Victorious in Thrilling Home Opener

Men's Swimming & Diving Victorious in Thrilling Home Opener

Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's swimming and diving program continued its momentum from Saturday afternoon's meet at Clark, winning its second contest in a row against Wesleyan, 152-128. Sunday's win was much closer than Saturday's rout at Clark, but in Trinity's first home meet of the season, saw exceptional performances in every event. Junior Radojica Pavlovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and first-year Karl Wadleigh (Darien, Conn.) took first in two events, highlighting the Bantams in its thrilling victory.

The Bantam relay teams started the afternoon on positive terms, seeing two of the three teams placing 1-2. Sophomore Ryan Schaum (Tarrytown, N.J.) began the individual events with a  second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle, followed by a first-place result from first-year Karl Wadleigh (Darien, Conn.) in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Jared Buchman (Weston, Mass.) finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, and first-year Liam Colleran (Norwalk, Conn.) followed his performance with a first-place result in the 100-yard backstroke. A second-place result from senior George Kapanadze (London, England) in the 200-yard butterfly set up a fantastic finish int eh 50-yard freestyle, where juniors Radojica Pavlovic (Belgrade, Serbia), Marco Rupp (Wolfsburg, Austria), and Kyle Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) swept the event, taking the top-three placements. Pavlovic won his second of the day in the next event, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle.

Colleran took second in the 200-yard breaststroke before first-year Thomas Woods (Lincoln, Neb.) saw a first-place finish of his own in the 200-yard breaststroke. Wadleigh took his second crown of the afternoon in the 500-yard freestyle, and junior Blake Jamilkowski (New York, N.Y.) took first in the following event, sneaking out a win in the 100-yard butterfly. Senior Kevin Klotz (Berlin, Conn.) made it three straight Trinity wins in the 100-yard butterfly, and Kapanadze followed up with a second place result in the 200-yard IM. With the victory on the line, the team of Pavlovic, Rupp, Long, and Wadleigh placed first in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing 10 seconds ahead of the closest Cardinal team.

After two big victories over the weekend, the Bantams will use this week to regroup before returning to the pool on Friday. Trinity plays host to St. Josehp (Conn.) January 24, with meet time slated for 5 p.m.