Trinity Men's Swimming And Diving Sets Nine School Records At NESCAC Championships

Alexandre Zhang '14....photo by David Newman
Alexandre Zhang '14....photo by David Newman

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College sophomore Nick Celestin (Woodbridge, Conn.) posted a College-record breaking time of 23.48 to take fourth place in the 50-yard backstroke on the first day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Bowdoin College.  After three days, the Bantams had 352 points for 11th place as a team, 25.5 points behind 10th-place Wesleyan.  Williams tops the teams standings with 1,849 points.

Also on Friday, Celestin also set a Trinity 100-yard backstroke record with a time of 50.98 during a relay leg, and teamed with senior Max Ma (Nanjing, China) and rookies Evan Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Daming Xing (Beijing, China) to set a team record of 3:29.77 in the 400-yard medley relay.  Celestin broke his own record-holding times with each of his top individual backstroke performances.  Xing added College-record breaking times of 23.61 in the 50-yard butterfly and 1:56.44 in the 200-yard individual medley this afternoon.

On Saturday, Trinity senior Lucas Knight (Forest Hills, N.Y.) broke his own College record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:12.07.  Ma, Celestin, Long, and Xing teamed up to set another Bantam relay record, posting a seventh-place time of 1:35.63 in the 200-yard medley relay.  Celestin swam Trinity's top finish of the day with a 10th-placer performance in the 100-yard backstroke finals.

Today, Ma set a new Trinity record with an 11th-place time of 2:08.58 in the 200-yard breaststroke, while the relay foursome of Ma, fellow senior co-captain Brendan Kelley (Westborough, Mass.), Long, and Xing broke the College's 400-yard freestyle relay record with a time of 3:11.09.

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