Williamstown, Mass. - First-year Samantha McStocker (Weston, Conn.) finished fourth, fifth, and sixth in the three backstroke events to lead the Trinity College Bantams to ninth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Meet at Williams College's Samuelson-Muir Poll this weekend. Trinity totaled 443.5 points to finish 61.5 better than 10th-place Hamilton and 381.5 behind eighth-place Wesleyan among an 11-team field. Williams won the team title with 1,971 points and the Bantams finished out of the cellar for the first time since 2003.
"I am incredibly proud of this group of women," said Trinity Head Coach Carlos Vega (3rd Season). "Coming up three points shy last year was this team's motivating factor all season. We set a goal and worked hard all season to accomplish our goal and that is a great feeling. We came together at the right moment and competed hard all weekend for each other. Our motto for the year was Der Geist Seitzt die Grenzen, the Spirit sets the limit, and we did just that throughout the curse of the weekend. A special thank you to our coaching staff for doing a fantastic job and to our most loyal fans - our parents - their endless support so appreciated. We are truly grateful!"
McStocker took fourth place in today's 200-yard backstroke with a Trinity-record-breaking time of 2:03.07, which was just 0.25 seconds behind the third-place swimmer and qualified her provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships in March. She was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke yesterday with a time of 57.16, and set a school-record during her sixth-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke at 27.02 on Friday. During Trinity's 10th-place finish in the 400-yard free relay tonight, McStocker broke a 34-year-old school record in the 100-meter free with a time of 53.67 on the first leg.
Trinity sophomore Katrina Trentos (Wilton, Conn.) also shined in today's 200-yard back with a 16th-place time of 2:10.96, while sophomore Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.) was 17th in the 200-yard butterfly with a lifetime-best time of 2:09.55 that is also the second-fastest in Trinity history. The Bantams boasted three top-20 scorers in the three-meter diving this evening, as first-year Lia Urban-Spillane (Rochester, N.Y.) was 10th with 354.20 points, fellow rookie Jazmin Johnson (Kennewick, Wash.) placed 18th with 277.20 points, and senior tri-captain Bailey D'Antonio (Portland, Maine) came in 19th with 268 points.
McStocker broke Trinity's 100-yard backstroke record for the second time in as many days with her preliminary time of 56.92 on Saturday, and finished just .02 seconds shy of fourth place and .18 seconds shy of third in the 100-yard back finals. Her time was also a provisonal qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships in March. Other scoring individual performances Saturday by the Bantams included a 14th-place finish by Ettinger in the 400-yard individual medley and a 23rd-place finish by freshman Nicole Cannon (Thornton, Pa.) in the 100-yard breaststroke. In the 200-yard medley relay, McStocker, Cannon, and sophomores Julia Albino (Southbury, Conn.) and Nina Tzianabos (Reading, Mass.) registered a Trinity-record time of 1:48.32 in a ninth-place finish.
On Friday, McStocker had improved nearly a full second from her preliminary to her finals time to jump to sixth in the finals of the 50-yard backstroke. Albino, McStocker, Tzianabos, and first-year Grace Gorman (Sudbury, Mass.) opened the meet with a Trinity-record-breaking time of 1:44.60 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, while Cannon, Ettinger, Gorman, and McStocker set a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay at 4:10.71. Both relays came in ninth place overall. Cannon added a 14th-place time of 31.02 in the 50-yard breaststroke, while Albino and Ettinger were 17th in the 50-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM, respectively. Ettinger's time of 2:10.25 broke her own school record by 85 seconds. Gorman gave Trinity two swimmers among the top 24 with a 23rd-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke. In diving, Urban-Spillane came in ninth off the one-meter board with a score of 380.70, followed by D'Antonio in 20th at 294.75, and Johnson in 23rd at 274.75 to give Trinity three scorers in the event.