Hartford, Conn. - Senior tri-captain Nick Celestin (Woodbridge, Conn.) and first-year Alex Wolfson (Morristown, N.J.) won five events between them, but the Trinity College Bantams lost, 166-124, against the visiting Hamilton College Continentals in their season-opening men's swimming and diving dual meet this afternoon at Trinity Natatorium. Celestin won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle, while Wolfson swept the backstroke events. The Bantams will return to the water on the first weekend in December for the inaugural Connecticut Cup at Wesleyan, featuring several schools from the State in an all-day affair on December 5.
Trinity opened the meet with a first-place time of 1:39.62 by Celestin, Wolfson, senior tri-captain Carl Gibney (Berwyn, Pa.), and sophomore Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) in the 200-yard medley relay, as the Bantam foursome edged a Continental group by .75 seconds. Wolfson won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.36, the 200-yard backstroke at 2:01.55 and Celestin won the 100-yard butterfly at 49.16, the 200-yard butterfly at 1:58.22, and the 100-yard butterfly at 52.80.
Other top Trinity performances included gutsy runner-up finishes by junior tri-captain Doug Curtin (Wayland, Mass.) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.78), backstroke, and IM, and a winning performances by Bantam first-year Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia) in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:58.69. Trinity first-year Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) added a lifetime-best time of 54.55 to collect third place in the 100-yard butterfly.
"Overall this was a great performance," said Trinity Head Coach Carlos Vega. "We battled hard with lots of room for improvement in practice. Paying attention to the little things from here on out will be the key for us to continue improving and moving in the right direction. The leadership from our captains played a key role in keeping us focused throughout a very challenging and competitive meet."