By Sean Okita
The Trinity College men’s swimming and diving teams finished off their season strong with a victory over Roger Williams University on Saturday, Feb 4. Max Ma ‘14 was a key contributor to the teams’ victory, winning three events on his own as well as being a part of the 400-meter freestyle relay, which the Trinity Bantams won. The Bantams finished their seasons with a 2-6-1 record, and are looking to send swimmers to the NESCAC Championships and hopefully the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis this March.
The Trinity College women’s swimming and diving team competed in the Feb. 4, meet against Roger Williams University as well, taking first in all but two events, leaving the Bantams with a final score of 189-105 over the visiting team. This victory in their last meet of the 2011-2012 season left the Lady Bantams with a 4-5 record. The women’s team came into the Roger Williams meet hot off of a 160-137 win over the Colby Mules and will look to send some of their team members to the NESCAC Championships at Williams College and maybe even the National Championships in March.
The season, although a struggle in terms of wins and losses for both teams, saw a strong effort from many of Trinity’s swimmers as they showed great heart and dedication to the sport, and impressed all by pulling out a victory in their final match. Led by women’s captain Jenna Carroll ’12 and men’s Brian Castelluccio ’12, both teams’ rosters are full of young talented freshmen and sophomores that are likely to provide a bright future in the seasons to come. Next season, the men’s team will lose Castelluccio, Adam Eramo ’12, Tripp Gavin ’12, and Adam Norton ‘12 who have each provided leadership, persistence, and support throughout this season to their teammates and peers. The Lady Bantams will search to fill the shoes of an irreplaceable leader, Carroll who holds the record for the tenth best time in the 100-yard freestyle in Trinity College history.
The teams’ impact extends beyond the walls of the pool. Both the men’s and women’s squads united together, raising almost ten thousand dollars for Swim Across America, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention through swimming events. Trinity College’s swimming and diving teams have become active promoters of this charity, donating a total of 50,000 dollars over the last six years. All are proud of the Bantams and the effort they put into competing this season. While they will surely suffer great losses in senior talent, both teams are young and full of promise for the seasons to come.