Hartford, Conn. - The 2016-2017 season was a successful season both in and out of the pool for the Trinity College women's swimming and diving team. The Bantams, under the direction of Head Coach Carlos Vega (3rd season), saw marked improvements, finishing with four more wins than last winter, and numerous career and college-best performances at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships at the end of the year.
The Bantams opened the season with a victory at Hamilton, thanks largely in part to impressive debuts by a group of rookies. First-year Brooke Hendee (Wilton, Conn.) swept the breaststroke events while Nina Tzianabos (Reading, Mass.) won the 50-yard freestyle and Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.) took first in the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Blair Frantz (Montclair, N.J.) added a first-place performance in the 1,000-yard freestyle while classmate Eliza Maciag (West Hartford, Conn.) won both backstroke events. Maciag had a strong end to the fall semester, turning in another first-place performance in the 100-meter backstroke in the team's last meet before the holidays. Maciag was also a part of Trinity's 200-meter freestyle relay team, along with classmate and co-captain Brenna Weber (New Orleans, La.), Ettinger, and rookie Julia Albino (Southbury, Conn.), who took home first-place by five seconds.
Trinity began the spring semester in impressive fashion, earning three victories in two days to improve to 4-2 to start the season. Maciag continued her domination in the backstroke events while while rookie Katrina Trentos (Wilton, Conn.) earned a handful of top-finishes in freestyle events. The Bantams continued to build momentum ahead of the NESCAC Championships as they combined, with the men's team, for 50 season-best times, at a weekend-long quad-meet at Bowdoin in late January.
Maciag capped off her college career with a remarkable weekend at the NESCAC Championships, highlighted by record-breaking swims in both the 50- and 100-yard backstroke, a ninth-place finish in the 50-yard back finals on Friday, a 12th-place finish in the finals of the 100-yard back on Saturday, and a third finals appearance in the 200-yard backstroke on Sunday. Ettinger added a lifetime-best in the 200-yard butterfly while Weber posted a lifetime best in the preliminaries of the 200-yard fly. Frantz finished 24th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, giving the Bantams five finals competitors on the last day of the meet and 13 for the weekend, and sophomore Meg Barry (Reading, Mass.) swam a lifetime best in the same event. Ettinger went on to break the same 200-yard IM record twice over the course of the weekend while Weber posted lifetime bests in the 50-yard fly on Friday and the 100-yard fly on Saturday.
Out of the pool, the Bantams enjoyed a successful season in the classroom, as senior captain Chelsey Crabbe (Marshfield, Mass.), senior Hadley Merrill (Rowayton, Conn.) and juniors Cassidy Black (Dover, N.H.), Catherine Poirier (Malden, Mass.) and Nia Vogel (White Plains, N.Y.) all were named to the NESCAC All-Academic team thanks to their hard work in the classroom. Ettinger represented the Bantams on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team due to her positive contributions to sportsmanship this winter.