Trinity Swimming And Diving Athletes And Teams Receive Honors For Academics And Community Service

Trinity Swimming And Diving Athletes And Teams Receive Honors For Academics And Community Service

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's swimming and diving first-year George Kapanadze (London, England) was selected as a 2017 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Honorable Mention, while senior co-captain Doug Curtin (Wayland, Mass.) received a Robert R. Bartlett award from the College for his combined excellence in athletics and campus/community service at Trinity's annual seniort athletics reception.  In addition, the Bantam men's and women's swimming and diving teams were honored as CSCAA Scholar All-American Teams during both semesters of the 2016-17 academic year.  Kapanadze and Curtin also joined Trinity women's senior co-captain Chelsey Crabbe (Marshfield, Mass.), men's seniors Evan Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Thomas McNamara (Middlebury, Conn.), women's seniors Hadley Merrill (Rowayton, Conn.), men's junior co-captain Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.), and women's juniors Cassidy Black (Dover, N.H.), Catherine Poirier (Malden, Mass.), and Nia Vogel (White Plains, N.Y.) on the 2016-17 NESCAC Winter and Spring All-Academic Teams.  Trinity men's swimming and diving, coached by Carlos Vega, finished 7-3 in dual meets and placed a best-ever seventh in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Meet at Bowdoin College to close the 2016-17 season.  The Bantam women, also coached by Vega, were 4-8 in dual meets and came in 11th place in the NESCAC Championship Meet this winter.

The Team Scholar All American award is presented to institutions' swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.0.  The CSCAA Scholar All-American selections recognize students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. To receive NESCAC All-Academic recognition, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. The Trinity women's squad posted a team g.p.a. of 3.28 in the fall and 3.46 in the spring, and the men registered a g.p.a. of 3.25 during the 2016 fall semester and 3.21 in the 2017 spring semester.    

CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield cited Trinity success, noting "Coach Carlos Vega is building a model of success in the pool and classroom at Trinity."  He added, "We are very fortunate to have schools like Trinity and people like President Berger-Sweeney who support these exceptional student-athletes."

Kapanadze set new Trinity records in the 1,650-yard freestyle at 16:15.62 and in the 400-yard individual medley at 4:07.42, and also owns Trinity's second-best, all-time time in the 1,000-yard free at 9:42.86 and its ninth best in the 500-yard free at 4:50.92.  He scored in three events in the NESCAC Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 1,650-yard free, an eighth-place performance in the 400-yard IM, and a 10th-place showing in the 1,000-yard free.  A graduate of Highgate High School, Kapanadze is majoring in environmental science and International Relations with a minor in Russian at Trinity.  He is the son of Vladimir Kapanadze and Marina Leonidova.

Curtin, a two-year captain, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, and Trinity men's swimming and diving's 2015 representative on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, competed in the backstroke, butterfly, and IM for the Bantams and scored in the NESCAC Championship Meet with 18th-place finishes in both the 200-yard backstroke and the 400-yard IM.  Curtin also swam a leg for Trinity's 800-yard freestyle relay (6:58.35) foursome that set a new Bantam record at the NESCAC Championships.  He owns one of Trinity's top-ten, personal bests of all time in six different events including the second fastest in the 200-yard back, the third best in the 400-yard IM, the fourth best in the 100-yard back, the fifth best in the 100-yard back, and the sixth best in both the 100- and 200-yard individual medleys.  He founded and directed a program at the College to feed the homeless in Hartford with extra food from the Trinity dining halls to highlight his long list of campus/community service achievements.  An alum of Wayland High School, Curtin graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in political science and environmental studies.  He is the son of Harold and Kathleen Curtin.

Crabbe, who competes in the breaststroke and the freestyle, is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree.  An alum of Marshfield High School, Crabbe graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in history.  She is the daughter of Jean and Claude Crabbe.  Long was predominantly a sprint freestyler for Trinity but scored in the 2017 NESCAC Championship Meet with a 17th-place finish in the 100-yard fly and with a 17th-place finish in the 50-yard free that set a new Bantam record (21.38) and an 18th-place finish in the 100-yard free.  Long also swam a leg for Trinity's 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.27), its 400-yard freestyle relay (1:24.27), and its 400-yard medley relay (3:26.17) foursome that all set new Bantam records at the NESCAC Championships, and is also a member of Trinity's record-holding 200-yard medley (1:34.49) quartet.  He owns Trinity's second-fastest, personal bests in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.  An alum of Cape Elizabeth High School, Long graduated from Trinity in May and is the son of Susan and Gary Long.  McNamara, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, was a distance freestyle specialist for the Bantams.  An alum of Pomperaug High School, McNamara graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in biology.  He is the son of Donna and Tom McNamara.  Merrill competed in the distance freestyle and IM for the Bantams and is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree.  An alum of the Loomis Chaffee School, Merrill graduated from Trinity in environmental science and Hispanic Studies. She is the daughter of Erica and Andrew Merrill.

McConnell, who repeats on the NESCAC All-Academic Team, competes in the breaststroke and the freestyle for the Bantams.  He swam a leg for Trinity's 400-yard medley relay (3:26.17) quartet that set a new Bantam record at the NESCAC Championships, and is also a member of Trinity's record-holding 200-yard medley (1:34.49) foursome.  A graduate of Lower Merion High School, McConnell is majoring in economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Tom and Jane McConnell.
Black, a distance freestyler, repeats on the NESCAC All-Academic Team this winter.  Trinity all-time record-holder in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:46.35) and the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:01.16), Black also owns Trinity's ninth-best personal best of all time in the 500-yard free.  A graduate of Dover High School, Black is majoring in mathematics at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Julie and Todd Black.Poirier, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, competed in several events for the Bantams.  She holds Trinity's sixth-fastest personal bests in both the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke.  An alum of Malden High School, Poirier graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in biomedical engineering but swam just three seasons for Trinity after spending her entire junior year studying abroad.  Vogel competes predominantly in the butterfly and IM for the Bantams and is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.  A graduate of the Hackley School, Vogel is majoring in public policy & law at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Angela and Ivan Vogel.

CSCAA Scholar All-American information

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