Trinity Rookie Women's Swimmer Samantha McStocker Named To CSCAA Scholar All-American Team

Trinity Rookie Women's Swimmer Samantha McStocker Named To CSCAA Scholar All-American Team

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's swimming and diving first-year Samantha McStocker (Weston, Conn.) was honored as a 2018 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) Scholar All-American, while the Bantam men's and women's swimming and diving teams were both honored as 2017-18 CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams for both the fall and spring semesters.  Trinity women's senior tri-captains Cassidy Black (Dover, N.H.), Bailey D'Antonio (Portland, Maine), and Nia Vogel (White Plains, N.Y.), men's co-captain Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.), men's junior Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia), women's sophomores Julia Albino (Southbury, Conn.), Audrey Ettinger (New Canaan, Conn.), Madi Guay (Wakefield, Mass.), Brooke Hendee (Wilton, Conn.), and Kristen Morrisette (Leeds, Maine), and men's sophomores Greg Kalmiskii (St. Petersburg, Russia) and George Kapanadze (London, England) were each named to the 2017-18 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, while Ettinger and men's sophomore Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) represented Trinity swimming and diving on the 2017-18 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team.

CSCAA selected a record 1,069 swimmers and divers for its Scholar All-America team. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.  The CSCAA 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.  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 3.40. The Trinity women's squad posted a team g.p.a. of 3.27 in the fall and 3.38 in the spring and the men registered a g.p.a. of 3.05 during the fall and 3.19 during the spring semester.    

Trinity, coached by Carlos Vega (4th season), finished 4-4 in men's dual meets and placed ninth in the NESCAC Men's Championship Meet at Bowdoin College to close the 2017-18 season. The Bantam women's squad were 2-7-1 in dual meets and came in ninth place in the NESCAC Championship Meet this winter.
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.

McStocker burst on the scene in her rookie season, becoming the first Bantam to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 1994 and the first female since 1983.  She posted school-record times of 1:55.99 in the 200-yard freestyle (45th) and 56.81 in the 100-yard backstroke (23rd) in the NCAA Championship Meet in Indiana and concluded her three days of racing with a 26th-place time of 2:04.51 in the 200-yard backstroke in this morning's session.  McStocker had qualified for the NCAA Championships due to her time of 2:02.07 in the 200-yard back at Williams College's Women's February Invitational.  She also finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, fifth in the 100-yard back, and sixth in the 50-yard back in the NESCAC Championships, broke five individual Trinity records (100 free, 100 IM, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back), and was on the 200- and 400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard free relay that broke school records this season.  A graduate of Weston High School, she is the daughter of Kim and Charles McStocker.

Black is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree. She is a graduate of Dover High School and is majoring in mathematics at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Julie and Todd Black. Vogel, also a three-time All-Academic recipient, is a graduate of the Hackley School and is majoring in public policy & law at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Angela and Ivan Vogel.  D'Antonio had a successful NESCAC Championship meet this winter, coming in 19th with 268 points off the three-meter board. A graduate of Hebron-Andover-Marlborough High School, D'Antonio is majoring in biology with a minor in biocultural approaches to human health at Trinity. She is the daughter of Karen McKinney and Albert D'Antonio.

Ettinger was a record-setting performer in the 200-yard individual medley this winter, breaking her own record by .85 seconds with a time of 2:10.25, and finished first the 100-yard butterfly in a dual meet against Clark.  Ettinger is a graduate of New Canaan High School and is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Margaret and Richard Ettinger. 

Albino swam a leg of Trinity's 200-yard medley relay team that set a Trinity-record time of 1:48.32, and won the event in the meet against the Clark. A graduate of Pomperaug High School, she is the daughter of James and Michelle Albino.  Hendee is a graduate of Wilton High School and is the daughter of Richardson and Elizabeth Hendee. Guay is a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School and majors in biology at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Stephen and Kimberly Guay.  Morrisette is a graduate of Leavitt High School and daughter of Maurice and Stacey Morissette.

McConnell, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, swam a leg of Trinity's first-place relay in the 200-yard medley three times against Wheaton College, Clark, and Vassar, respectively, and won the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke races in the Clark meet.  McConnell is a graduate of Lower Merion High School and is majoring in Classics and economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Tom and Jane McConnell.  Kostic competes predominantly in the distance free and fly for the Bantams. He earned All-NESCAC honors as a sophomore in 2016-17 with a third-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle at the NESCAC Championships. A graduate of Sixth Belgrade High School, Kostic is majoring in economics and International Studies at Trinity. He is son of Aleksander and Sanja Kostic.

Kalmiskii had a successful season, tying a Trinity record of 1:52.15 in 200-yard backstroke in the NESCAC Championship Meet.  He posted seven first-place finishes in four different butterfly and freestyle events during the regular season.  Kalmiskii is a graduate of Eurka Litcey High School and is majoring in biology and neuroscience with minors in Spanish and statistics at Trinity.  He is rhe son of Kalminskii Sergeii and Julia Kharkova.

George Kapanadze had several top-24 finishes at the NESCAC Championships, finishing finished 11th in the 1,000-yard freestyle, 16th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, and 23rd in the 200 breaststroke. Kapanadze is a graduate of Highgate High School and is majoring in environmental science and political science with a minor in Russian at Trinity.  He is the son of Vladimir Kapanadze and Marina Leonidova.

Gordon Hyduke posted a 22nd-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly at the NESCAC Championships this winter, after recording three top-24 times in the butterfly events at the league championships in his previous two seasons. Hyduke is a graduate of Great Valley High School and is majoring in engineering at Trinity.  He is the son of Lyn and Joe Hyduke.

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