Trinity Men and Women Widen Lead at SCAC Championships

Trinity Men and Women Widen Lead at SCAC Championships

The Colony, Texas – The Tiger men's and women's swimming & diving teams increased their respective leads in the first full day of action at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday.



Trinity's men went from a 14-point advantage to a lead of more than 100 points over nearest competitor Southwestern (TX) University. The Tigers have scored 352 points so far in the meet, compared to just 249 for the Pirates.

On the women's side, Trinity led by a mere four points after two relay events last night, but now hold a 97-point advantage. The Tigers have piled up 372 points, with Colorado College (275) and Southwestern (222) trailing in second and third place.

The women started things off with an outstanding 200 free relay victory, earning a "B" cut time for the NCAA Championships. Star Rosales, Liz Ryan, Lauren Cuda, and Lindsay Hagmann won the event for the Tigers, which is the fourth consecutive Trinity win in the event.

Trinity also won the "B" final behind Paige Johnson, Abbie Jones, Caroline North, and Elizabeth Nelson in a time of 1:38.99.

The Tiger men finished off their relays with a win as Charles Clark, Cole Rezsofi, Eamon Morris, and Shamzi Alkaff won by nearly three full seconds with a time of 1:23.73 in the 200 free relay. Trinity takes back this relay title after Southwestern broke a streak of five straight Tiger wins in this event last year.

The "B" final was also won by the Tigers, as Thomas Lauermann, Leon Faulk, David Smith, and Mick Kossl posted the second-fastest time among all teams – finishing behind only their gold medalist teammates.

Trinity also swept the gold in the men's and women's 500 free once again. Mabel Fowler made it six consecutive on the women's side, and the Tigers took each of the three All-SCAC positions and five of the top eight. Rebecca Andruzzi (2015 champion) and Payton Green (2017 champion) were second and third this year and have both won the 500 free in previous championships.

On the men's side Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman won the 500 free for the second straight year, which is the fourth consecutive Trinity win in this event. Nate Borchers missed out on the bronze position by just 0.02 seconds.

James Warren took top honors in the 200 IM with his time of 1:54.44, while Noah Stopkotte was All-SCAC in third place. This is Trinity's first men's win in the 200 IM since 2014 and just the third Tiger win in this event in the last 10 years.

Lauren Cuda was the silver medalist in the women's 200 IM in a time of 2:11.64, while Ivy Claflin finished sixth and Caroline North won the "B" final.

Lindsay Hagmann was #1 in the 50 free for the second straight year with her time of 23.90 seconds. She also reached a "B" cut for nationals with her time of 23.67 seconds in the prelims. Rosales finished third in 24.46 seconds and Trinity had five of the eight spots in the finals.

Clark finished second with a time of 21.49 seconds in the men's 50 free, while Alkaff was fourth by a scant 0.04 seconds with his time of 21.64 seconds. Trinity had four of the eight finals spots, and Kossl also took the win in the "B" final.



Trinity will be back in action with Friday's prelims at 10:30 a.m., followed by the finals beginning at 6:00 p.m. The diving events will begin with the men's 1-meter and women's 3-meter in between the two swim sessions. For more detailed information, visit the SCAC Championships Website.