San Antonio - Trinity swimmers and divers turned in superb performances Friday in a dual meet with the NCAA Division I University of the Incarnate Word (TX).
The swimming events were held at UIW's Ann Barshop Natatorium, while Trinity hosted diving in Hixon Natatorium.
Sophomore Mabel Fowler won the women's 200-yard backstroke in a school-record time of 2:03.21, breaking the mark set by Ashley Ward in 2016. Fowler's performance is the fastest current time in the NCAA Division III. She also earned NCAA "B" Cut distinction.
Fowler was the runner-up to the UIW swimmer in the 200-yard freestyle by just over a second. Her time of 1:54.27 is currently third in Division III.
The women's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Fowler, Star Rosales, Morgen Reyna, and Elizabeth Nelson placed second by only .05 seconds. Fowler, Reyna, Rosales, and Jadyn Trahan were also runners-up in the 200-yard medley relay.
Individually, Rosales was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle, as was Reyna in the 100-yard freestyle.
Shamzi Alkaff finished second in the men's 50-yard freestyle by .20 seconds. Daniel Sarman came in at #2 in the 200-yard backstroke, as did Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Sarman, Alkaff, Leon Faulk, and Cole Rezsofi were runners-up in the 200-yard freestyle relay by .26 seconds.
In men's diving at Hixon Natatorium, Daniel Valmassei posted NCAA Division III Regional qualifying scores in 1-meter and 3-meter events, finishing second behind the Incarnate Word diver. Valmassei scored 348.15 on the high board and 326.40 on the low board.
Coupled with his performances last week at the Kenyon (OH) College Relays in Gambier, Ohio, Valmassei qualified for the NCAA Division III Region 2 Championships March 1-2 at Grinnell, Iowa.
Anthony Liva was fourth in the men's 1-meter and 3-meter events, posting qualifying marks on each board. Katarina Partalas placed second in the women's 1-meter by 2.65 points and also earned a qualifying score. Liva needs one more qualifying score on each board to advance to the Regional. Partalas also must hit a qualifying mark in the 1-meter event.
The Tigers take on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Saturday, November 3, at San Antonio's Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.