Hartford, Conn. - The 2016-2017 season was a successful season both in and out of the pool for the Trinity College men's swimming and diving team. In his third season at the helm, Vega guided the Bantams to a best-ever, seventh-place finish and their highest point total (617) at the NESCAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet in program history, while being named NESCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year as well. Trinity piled up a school-record 286 points in the first day of racing to slide ahead of Colby and added 146 points on the second day to finish 40.4 points better than eighth-place Middlebury in the team standings. The Bantams were 7-3 in dual meets this winter, after going 2-7-1 in 2015-16, and set 14 new team records.
The Bantams opened the season with a 152-136 victory over the Hamilton College Continentals in a dual-meet that saw 12-of-15 Bantams score points with 11 firsts in 16 races. First-years Liam Egan (Rye, N.Y.) and Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) won three events apiece to lead the team as Egan swept the sprint freestyle and won the 100-yard butterfly, while Kalminskii won both backstroke races and the 200-yard IM. Trinity won every event they competed in during the final dual-meet of the fall semester against Clark University, led by senior captain Doug Curtin (Wayland, Mass.) who finished with two individual wins, in the 200-meter IM and in the 100-yard backstroke. Curtin also was the lead off for Trinity's winning 200-yard medley relay team, along with co-captain Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) and classmates Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) and Ethan Hunter (Westport, Conn.), while sophomore Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Kalmiskii also added first-place finishes for Trinity.
Trinity started the spring semester on a high-note, opening with back-to-back dual-meet victories. Kalmiskii claimed a trio of first-place finishes against Brandeis while classmate George Kapanadze (London, England) finished first in another two events in a meet that the Bantams never trailed. On January 21st in a NESCAC quad-meet at Bowdoin, Egan broke two score records while Kalmiskii broke a third to lead the Bantams to a 2-1 day. Egan set a new Trinity record in the 100-yard freestyle with a winning time of 47.12 and a new Trinity mark in the 200-yard free with a first-place time of 1:43.51. Kalmiskii won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a Trinity-record breaking time of 9:51.73. In the final tune-up before the NESCAC Championships, Trinity edged Wheaton College on Senior Day in Hartford. Kalmiskii continued his impressive rookie season with a pair of first-place finishes while senior Evan Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) beat Egan in the 50-yard freestyle to secure a one-two finish in the event.
In the NESCAC Championships, Egan finished as the 200-yard freestyle runner-up with a College-record time of 1:39.69 and Kostic was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a Trinity-record time of 9:32.41 to pace the squad to its best-ever finish. In Friday's relays, Trinity set two more school marks with a sixth-place time of 1:24.27 in the 200-yard freestyle relay and a seventh-place time of 3:26.17 in the 400-yard medley relay. Egan, Long, and Wolfson were all part of both record-breaking foursomes, while Kalmiskii swam a leg of the 200-yard free relay and junior co-captain Trip McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) was the fourth Bantam swimmer in the 400-yard medley relay. Other Trinity lifetime bests were also set by senior Joe Paine (Tokyo, Japan), McConnell, and junior John Dolan (Westfield, Mass.) in the 50-yard breaststroke, Hyduke in the 50-yard butterfly, Curtin and first-year Chuck Sweeney (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in the 50-yard backstroke, Kapanadze in the 200-yard IM, senior Thomas McNamara (Middlebury, Conn.) in the 50-yard freestyle, and Curtin, Kalminskii, and sophomore Alex Wolfson (Morristown, N.J.) in the 100-yard backstroke. Paine added a lifetime best time in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday and Sweeney did the same in the 100-yard backstroke in the program-best weekend.
Kostic and Egan both earned All-Conference honors for their outstanding performances at the conference championship meet. Kostic earned all-conference in the 1,000-yard freestyle, where he finished third with a Trinity-record time of 9:32.41 and also set a new Trinity record in the 500-yard free on his split time of 4:38.35. Kostic also set a new Trinity record of 23.27 in his preliminary heat in the 50-yard fly only to have it broken by Egan's time of 23.03 in the finals. Egan finished as the 200-yard freestyle runner-up with a College-record time of 1:39.69 which qualified him provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships in March, and was fast enough to have put him in last year's national meet. He also registered Trinity-record times in the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly, and was a member of all four relay quartets at the NESCAC Championship Meet that each set new Bantam all-time marks.
Out of the pool, the Bantams enjoyed a successful season in the classroom, as Curtin, Long and McConnell all were named to the NESCAC All-Academic team thanks to their hard work in the classroom. Paine represented the Bantams on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team due to his positive contributions to sportsmanship this winter.