Hartford, Conn. - First-year Liam Egan (Rye, N.Y.) finished as the 200-yard freestyle runner-up with a College-record time of 1:39.69 and sophomore Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia) was third in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a Trinity-record time of 9:32.41, to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a best-ever seventh place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Wesleyan University this weekend. Trinity piled up a school-record 286 points in Saturday's racing to slide ahead of Colby and added 146 points today finish 40.4 points better than eighth-place Middlebury. Bowdoin was sixth with 856 poinst, and Williams won the team title with 1,671 points. Egan's time 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. Trinity Head Coach Carlos Vega was honored as the 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year, while Egan and Kostic were named to the All-NESCAC Team.
In today's racing, Trinity first-years George Kapanadze (London, England) and Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Kostic gave the Bantams three swimmers among the top 24. Kapanadze placed sixth with a time of 16:15.62, while Kalmiskii was ninth at 16:21.49, and Kostin came in 19th place at 16:38.92. Egan came in 12th place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.67, followed by senior Evan Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) with an 18th-place time of 46.92. Bantam sophomore Alex Wolfson (Morristown, N.J.) was 14th in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:54.08 and senior co-captain Doug Curtin (Wayland, Mass.) took 18th at 1:54.47, while sophomore Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) recorded a 21st-place time of 1:59.43 in the 200-yard butterfly finals.
On Saturday, Kostic took third place in the 1,000-yard freestyle finals, setting the new College mark shortly after Kapanadze had broke the record in the event with a 10th-place time of 9:42.86 in the second-level finals. Kostic also set a new Trinity record in the 500-yard free on his split time of 4:38.35. Kapanadze added an eighth-place time of 4:07.42 in the 400-yard IM finals, while sophomore Ethan Hunter (Westport, Conn.) broke both Trinity's 50- (26.31) and 100-yard breaststroke (57.96) records with his 18th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Trinity boasted six other finalists Saturday, as Wolfson was sixth in the 100-yard backstroke, Kalmiskii was eighth in the 100-yard backstroke and 12th in the 1,000-yard free, Long was 17th in the 100-yard butterfly, Curtin tied for 18th in the 400-yard IM, and Hyduke was 21st in the 100-yard butterfly. All six finalists posted lifetime best times.
On Friday, Wolfson finished sixth in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 23.82, while Egan and Kostic finished 13th and 16th, respectively, in the 50-yard butterfly finals, Hunter was 16th in the 50-yard breaststroke, and Long came in 17th place in the 50-yard freestyle. Kostic 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. Long's time of 21.38 was also a new Trinity records and all three record-breaking finals times were also lifetime bests for the Bantam swimmers.
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 on Friday 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 Wolfson 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.