San Antonio - Four Trinity Tigers have been elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Male Swimmers and Divers of the Year.
Senior Charles Clark was tabbed as the SCAC Male Swimmer of the Year, and first-year Daniel Valmassei was tabbed as the Male Diver of the Year. Two seniors garnered the women's accolades. Lindsay Hagmann was named the SCAC Female Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive time, and Christine Peterson was voted Female Diver of the Year.
All four contributed to the Tigers' sweep of the SCAC Championships last February, held at The Colony, Texas. Trinity's men captured their seventh consecutive SCAC Championship, and the Tiger women brought home their 15th championship trophy in a row. Following the SCAC Championships, Trinity's coaches were selected as the conference Staff of the Year for both the men's and women's competition.
Clark became the fifth straight Trinity swimmer to take home the top honor. He broke his own SCAC record at the championships by winning the 100-yard backstroke for the second straight year. Clark also captured the 200-yard backstroke and was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle. A strong relay swimmer, Clark was a gold-medal winner with his teammates in the 200, 400, and 800-yard freestyle relays, as well as the 200-yard medley relay.
Valmassei was named the SCAC Male Diver of the Meet, winning the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. He later became the first Trinity men's diver in 10 years to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, held this year at Indianapolis, Indiana. Valmassei placed 10th on the low board and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. He placed 18th on the 3-meter board.
Hagmann was tabbed as the SCAC Female Swimmer of the Meet. She won the 100-yard freestyle for the third straight year,and the 50-yard freestyle for the second consecutive time. Hagmann also contributed to victories in the 200, 400, and 800-yard freestyle relays, along with the 400-medley relay. At the NCAA Championships, Hagmann earned All-America distinction in two individual events, and finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle. She was an Honorable Mention All-American in the 100-yard freestyle with an 11th-place performance, just missing the finals by .01 seconds. She also was part of the 12th-place 200-yard freestyle quartet, which earned Honorable Mention All-America kudos. Hagmann became an All-American in five individual events during her career.
Peterson was the SCAC Female Diver of the Meet, finishing first on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. She advanced to the NCAA Championships and placed 26th in both events.
A total of five women and two men competed for Trinity at the NCAAs. In the team competition, Trinity's women finished in a tie for 23rd place, while the men came in at #44.