Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men’s swimming & diving program visited Vassar College Tuesday evening, and despite a handful of excellent performances, fell short in its second duel meet of the week, 174-115. The Bantams are competing in its busiest part of the 2019-20 schedule; the program swam just two days ago at Brandeis, and will also compete in two upcoming meets this weekend.
Trinity excelled in both relays Tuesday afternoon, taking first in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. In the 200-yard medley, the team of senior George Kapanadze (London, England), junior Aleksander Kapanadze (London, England), junior Blake Jamilkowski (New York, N.Y.), and first-year Karl Wadleigh (Darien, Conn.) came two seconds short of the pool record, placing first with a time of 1:40.09. In the 400-yard freestyle, Wadleigh, Jamilkowski, junior Marco Rupp (Wolfsburg, Austria), and junior Kylee Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) touched the matt two seconds ahead of Vassar’s team with a time of 3:18.39.
For individual performances, the Bantams consistently had names inside the top three finishers. George Kapanadze and sophomore Jeffrey Teng (Cherry Hill, N.J.) took second and third in the 200-yard butterfly, while seniors Chuk Sweeney (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Kevin Klotz (Berlin, Conn.) took second and third in the 100-yard backstroke. Wadleigh continued his exceptional day with a win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.72 (one second shy of the pool record), with Kyle Long finishing behind him in second. Rupp and Long finished second and third in the 50-yard freestyle, and Aleksander Kapanadze took second in the 200-yard backstroke. George Kapanadze saw another second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle before Jamilkowski capped the individual performances with a win in the 100-yard butterfly.
Despite another close defeat, the Bantams are back in the pool this Saturday, traveling to Clark; meet time is set for 1 p.m.