Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior Eliza Maciag (West Hartford, Conn.) highlighted the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with 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 today. The Bantams finished 11th in the team standings, just three points behind 10th-place Colby with 281 points, while Williams College finished first with 1,856 points.
In today's racing at Bowdoin College's Greason Pool, Trinity first-year Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.) capped off a stellar weekend with a 12th-place finals finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a lifetime-best time of 2:10.07. Bantam senior co-captain Brenna Weber (New Orleans, La.) posted a lifetime best in the preliminaries of the 200-yard fly ata 2:12.40 and finished 22nd in finals, while rookie Katrina Trentos (Wilton, Conn.) was 16th and Maciag was 24th in the 200-yard backstroke finals. Trinity senior Blair Frantz (Montclair, N.J.) 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 weeknd, and sophomore Meg Barry (Reading, Mass.) swam a lifetime best in the same event (19:07.65).
On Saturday, Maciag broke her own record in the 100-yard backstroke by .19 seconds, and Ettinger broke her second record in as many days with a 13th-place time of 4:37.75 in the 400-yard IM finals. Weber came in 20th place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.08, and Trentos was 21st in the 1,000-yard freestyle finals,
Three Trinity rookies qualified for finals on Friday, as Julia Albino (Southbury, Conn.) finished 15th in the 50-yard butterfly, Ettinger was 22nd in the 200-yard IM, setting a new school record in the event twice in one day, and Madi Guay (Wakefield, Mass.) took 24th place in the 50-yard breaststroke. Maciag's preliminary time of 27.35 in the 50-yard back broke her own record by .14 seconds, while Ettinger shattered the 200-yard IM mark with a time of 2:11.69.
All four Bantam finalists on Friday swam lifetime bests, while Maciag and Ettinger's record-breaking performances today were also lifetime bests, and Weber posted lifetime bests in the 50-yard fly (27.42) on Friday and the 100-yard fly on Saturday. Barry set a lifetime best in the 500-yard free (5:33.37) on Friday and shed 22 seconds off her lifetime-best performance in the 1,000-yard free at 11:22.16 yesterday, while freshman Kristen Morissette (Leeds, Maine) added lifetime bests in both the 50-yard back (31.37) and 50-yard free (27.97) on Friday for the Bantams.
"I am incredibly proud of this team as they fought hard the entire meet," said Trinity Head Coach Carlos Vega. "While we are disappointed with the overall standings, this meet was a great learning experience for our women. We are motivated to come back stronger and better next year.
Thank you to our seniors for leading our team all season. You will be missed but never forgotten.
I also want thank our parents and alumni for their support all season. We couldn't have done it without you."