Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's swimming and diving team will open the 2017-18 campaign in Lewiston, Maine with a tri-meet against the host Bates College Bobcats and the Wesleyan University Cardinals. Under the direction of Head Coach Carlos Vega (4th season), Trinity is optimistic about its chances to improve in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships at the end of the year thanks to a deeper roster and the arrival of an exciting class of first-years ready to make their mark. Senior swimming captains Cassidy Black (Dover, N.H.) and Nia Vogel (White Plains, N.Y.) provide leadership in the water and diving captain Bailey D'Antonio (Andover, Conn.) leads a promising trio of Bantams off the board in 2017-18.
Both Black and D'Antonio have scored at NESCAC Championship Meets in their careers, and four sophomores that finished among the top 24 in championship races return to the squad. Black is Trinity's top competitor in the distance freestyle, owning the Trinity record at both 1,000 and 1,650 yards, and looks to close her career on a high note. Bantam sophomore Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.), Trinity's record-holder in both the 100- and 200-yard IM, was among the top 24 in both the butterfly and individual medley at 200 yards in last year's NESCAC Meet, while classmate Julia Albino (Southbury, Conn.) was 15th in the 50-yard butterfuly.
Second-year swimmers Madi Guay (Wakefield, Mass.) and Katrina Trentos (Wilton, Conn.) were top-24 finishers in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard backstroke, respectively, to round out the Trinity highlights at the 2017 NESCAC Championships. Trentos owns Trinity's second-fastest time in both the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Vogel provides needed depth in multiple events, while juniors Meghan Barry (Reading, Mass.) and Lauren D'Angelo (West Caldwell, N.J.) give the Bantams a pair of veteran competitors in the distance free behind Black.
The Bantams will be strengthened in numerous areas this winter, as first-year Samantha McStocker (Weston, Mass.) is fast in the backstroke, Nicole Cannon (Thornton, Pa.) is a top-level breaststroker, and Emily Louie (Edison, N.J.) is a remarkably versatile swimmer who excels in the fly and IM. In all, nine newcomers bring the Trinity roster up to 22, and the experience that the eight sophomores gained in their first season will help them develop collectively as a young team.
In diving, D'Antonio returns to the team after spending the 2016-17 academic year studying abroad. She was 18th and 15th on the one and three-meter boards in the 2016-17 NESCAC Championship Meet. First-year diver Lia Urban-Spillane (Rochester, N.Y.) should rack up needed points in both events, greatly increasing Trinity's scoring potential in dual meets, and has the potential to be a high finisher in the championship events. Classmate Jazmin Johnson (Kennewick, Wash.) also looks to contribute right away.