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Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns First Victory of 2020

Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns First Victory of 2020

Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women’s swimming & diving program picked up its first win of 2020, upending Brandeis on the road, 202-86. Junior diver Lia Urban-Spillane (Rochester, N.Y.) shined in Saturday’s duel meet, setting program record while earning an NCAA regional qualifying score in the one-meter dive.

The Bantams dominated the water Saturday afternoon, with a handful of fantastic individual performances. Sophomore Zory Matlashewski (Anoka, Minn.) earned individual wins in both the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:28.20) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:30.08). Classmate Serena Ly (West Newton, Mass.) also saw two individual wins, taking home the 50-yard breaststroke (32.29) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.44).

Urban-Spillane continues to impress, starting off the new year in style. Her final score of 270.85 set a new Trinity record in the one-meter, and set her up for a spot in the NCAA regionals.

The Bantams dominated nearly every event, seeing placement across the board. First-year Rachel Papaklski (Flemington, N.J.) took first in the 200-yard freestyle, and junior Grace Gorman (Sudbury, Mass.) took first in the 50-yard backstroke. Sophomore Aurelia Umholtz (Flagstaff, Ariz.) placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, senior Audrey Ettinger (New Cannan, Conn.) took first in the 100-yard breaststroke, and sophomores Olivia Fournier (Southington, Conn.) and Emily Murphy Gansevoort, N.Y.) went first-and-second in the 100-yard freestyle. In the 500-yard freestyle, Matlashewski was joined by Umholtz and Papalski, who finished second and third, respectively. The Bantams also took the top three spots in the 50-yard butterfly, with sophomore Ruby Schiller (Cambridge, Mass.) take first, junior Katherine Greer (Summit, N.J.) taking second, and senior Julia Albino (Southbury, Conn.) take third.

After a dominant start to the new year, Trinity returns to the pool on Tuesday, hitting the road to take on Vassar and Mount Holyoke in a tri-meet; meet time is slated for 3 p.m.