Tiger Men and Women Leading the Pack at SCAC Championships

Tiger Men and Women Leading the Pack at SCAC Championships

The Colony, Texas – Trinity's men's and women's swimming & diving teams remained ahead of the pack after Friday's action at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.



The Tiger women's team increased its lead to over 100 points with just one day remaining in the event, while the men remained 103 points ahead of the nearest competitors. The women have already scored 728 points, while the men's team stands at 645.5 points scored.

Following this morning's prelims, Trinity began with a pair of wins in men's and women's diving. Christine Peterson gave the Tigers their 13th consecutive conference title in 3-meter diving with her score of 417.90.

On the men's side, Trinity swept the top three spots on the 1-meter board as Daniel Valmassei, Anthony Liva, and Duncan MacAskill each earned All-SCAC honors. Valmassei is Trinity's third straight male to win after MacAskill had won each of the previous two years.

The swim finals began with the 400 IM, which saw Trinity take the top two spots on both the men's and women's side. Rebecca Andruzzi and Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman each won for the second consecutive time in the event. Noah Stopkotte was the men's runner-up, while Ivy Claflin was second for the women.

The Tiger teams also mirrored each other in the 100 fly. Andruzzi and Paige Johnson finished second on third in the women's event, while Beau Tipton and Shamzi Alkaff did the same for the men. Trinity's men had four of the eight swimmers in the finals.

The 200 free saw Trinity's women place five swimmers among the eight finalists, and the Tigers earned all three All-SCAC honors. Mabel Fowler took the gold in 1:53.51 for the sixth consecutive Trinity victory in the event, while Lauren Cuda and Abbie Jones won silver and bronze.

Eamon Morris was the bronze medalist in the men's 200 free with a time of 1:43.49.

Fleming won gold for the second straight year in the men's 100 breaststroke, touching the mat in a time of 56.20 seconds for a "B" cut time for the NCAA Championships. Colton Smith took third with his time of 58.47 seconds.

Lindsay Hagmann was the runner-up in the women's 100 breaststroke, missing a chance to win her third straight title in the event. Liz Ryan won the "B" final with a time of 1:11.05.

Trinity secured its fourth consecutive win in the men's 100 backstroke tonight, as Charles Clark won his second straight gold medal in the event. Clark hit a time of 49.86 for a "B" cut time for nationals.

Star Rosales and Paige Johnson won silver and bronze, finishing in 58.53 and 58.89 seconds, respectively. Trinity had four of the eight finalists in the event, while Lara Case also took the "B" final in 1:02.52.

The Tiger women's team of Fowler, Hagmann, Andruzzi, and Ryan were gold medalists in the 400 medley relay, finishing in a time of 3:55.77.

On the men's side, Trinity just missed out on winning its third straight title in the men's 400 medley relay after being disqualified. The Tiger team of Morris, Fleming, Tipton, and Alkaff had the fastest time, even though it didn't count in the end.



The final day of the SCAC Championships Meet is Saturday, beginning with prelims at 10:30 a.m. Following the women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter diving events, the swim finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. to decide this year's conference champs. For more detailed information, visit the SCAC Championships Website.