Lewiston, Maine - The Trinity College women's swimming and diving team battled against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponents Wesleyan University and Bates College on Saturday in the 2017-18 season opening tri-meet, hosted by the Bobcats in Lewiston, Maine. The Bantams fell to the Cardinals, 185-110, and to Bates, 208.5-84.5, but Head Coach Carlos Vega (4th season), was encouraged by his team's efforts on the first day of competition this winter.
"We are happy to be racing again!" said Coach Vega. "After three weeks of training it was good to see the team in action and perform they way we did. Bates and Wesleyan provided a great atmosphere to see where we are in our training. I couldn't be happier with our performances with both teams leading up to Thanksgiving break and the Hamilton Invite in early December."
Trinity rookie Lia Urban-Spillane (Rochester, N.Y.) performed well in her collegiate diving debut, earning a first-place finish in the 1-meter diving with a score of 205.72, and a second-place finish in 3-meter dive. Junior diving captain Bailey D'Antonio (Andover, Conn.) turned in a fourth-place effort in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive in her first action after a year hiatus. In swimming, first-year Samantha McStocker (Weston, Conn.) impressed with a third-place performance in 100-yard backstroke where just 1.08 separated top-three finishers. McStocker also finished third in 200-yard backstroke and second in 200-yard IM in a busy day of racing. Sophomore Nina Tzianabos (Reading, Mass.) added a second-place finish in 50-yard freestyle with a finals time of 25.89, just 1.77 off the lead. Senior captain Cassidy Black (Dover, N.H.) turned in fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle and sophomore Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.) finished fifth in both the 200-yard fly, 200-yard backstroke as well as the 200-yard IM.