Trinity Divers Excel At NESCAC Women's Swimming And Diving Championships

Trinity Divers Excel At NESCAC Women's Swimming And Diving Championships

Middletown, Conn. - Sophomore diver Lia Urban-Spillane (Rochester, N.Y.) finished sixth off the three-meter board today and seventh off the one-meter board on Friday to highlight a long list of outstanding individual performances by the Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at Wesleyan Natatorium.  Trinity totaled 408.5 points to take 10th place in the team standings, edging 11th-place Hamilton by 7.5 points and trailing ninth-place Colby by 37 points.  Williams won the team title with 1,873 points.  First-year Annastazia Chin (Kingston, Jamaica) was the top Bantam swimmer in today's session with a 24th-place time of 2:31.98 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Urban-Spillane posted a score of 392.10 in the three-meter diving, just 6.45 behind Bowdoin's Thea Kelsey in the event, and her one-meter score of 366.20 was 7.75 points shy of Kelsey.  Trinity boasted four scoring divers in each event, led by first-year Grace Chouinard (Natick, Mass.) who was 12th off the one- and 17th off the three-meter board.  Fellow rookie Olivia Ramos  (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) was 18th off the three-meter board and 20th off the three-meter board, and sophomore Jazmin Johnson (Kennewick, Wash.) was 15th off the one-meter board and 21st off the three-meter board.

On Saturday, Trinity first-year Zoryanna Matlashewski (Anoka, Minn.) finished eighth in the 400-yard individual medley with a college-record time of 4:35.41 to help the Bantams finish ninth in the team standings for the third day in a row.  Matlashewski was one of three Bantam rookies to appear in a top-24 finals on day three.  Serena Ly (West Newton, Mass.) was 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.79 and Aurelia Umholtz (Flagstaff, Ariz.) was 22nd in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:57.77.  Chin and Olivia Fournier (Southington, Conn.) set personal bests in the the 100-yard breast and the 100-yard back, respectively.  Both times were the third-best top times in the event in Trinity history, while all three 100-yard fly times by Bantam junior Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.), sophomore Katherine Greer (Summit, N.J.), and rookie Ruby Schiller (Cambridge, Mass.) were among the top-ten all-time fastest times for the Bantams.

On Friday, Matlashewski broke the Trinity record in the 200-yard IM with a 11th-place time of 2:08.54, while sophomore Grace Gorman (Sudbury, Mass.), Chin, Fournier, and fellow freshman Emily Murphy (Gansevoort, N.Y.) teamed up to take down Trinity's 200-yard free relay record with a 10th-place time of 1:38.43.  Ly also had a strong day, turning in an 11th-place performance in the breaststroke which was good for the third-fastest top time in program history. Fournier added the second-best time in school history in the 50-yard free in a 19th-place swim, and Gorman posted a top-ten, all-time performance in the 100-yard back during the 400-yard medley relay.