Trinity Women Maintain Lead at SCAC Swimming & Diving, Men Remained in Second Place

Trinity Women Maintain Lead at SCAC Swimming & Diving, Men Remained in Second Place

San Antonio - The Trinity women's team widened its lead in first place while the men remained in second place after the third day of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at Palo Alto College Aquatic Center on Friday.



The Tiger women have scored 640 points and now lead second-place Colorado College by 127, with one day to go. Trinity's men have amassed 522 points and trail first-place Southwestern (TX) University by 57.

The Tiger men took the top three slots in the 1-meter diving event, with NCAA "A" Cut scores. Duncan MacAskill won the low board for the third time in four years, posting a score of 510.60. Anthony Liva was runner-up with a mark of 496.65, while last year's champion, Daniel Valmassei, finished third at 486.25.

First-year women's diver Maren Merwarth captured the 3-meter board with a score of 431.42. It marked the 14th consecutive year a Trinity women's diver won the high board.

MacAskill, Liva, Valmassei, and Merwarth earlier posted qualifying scores for the NCAA Division III Region 2 Championships to be held March 1-2 in Grinnell, Iowa.

Trinity's women went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, with Mabel Fowler winning the event for the second consecutive year. Fowler touched the pad in 1:53.48. Meghan Magill was runner-up and Abbie Jones finished in third place.

Paige Johnson became the first Tiger woman to win the 100-yard backstroke in five years, clocking in at 58.04 seconds. Teammate Star Rosales was runner-up by 0.07 seconds.

The quartet of Fowler, Johnson, Jadyn Trahan, and Morgen Reyna placed second in the 400-yard medley relay. Rosales, Logan Khollman, Caroline North, and Libby Goode won the "B" final.

Reyna also turned in a third-place performance in the 100-yard butterfly, as did Ivy Claflin in the 400-yard individual medley.

Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman has now won the men's 400-yard individual medley three times in a row, posting a time of 4:06.93. Noah Stopkotte finished in second place.

Daniel Sarman was runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle by .46 seconds. Elliot Fleming and Colton Smith finished second and third in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Beau Tipton placed third in the 100-yard butterfly.

Sarman, Fleming, Tipton, and Shamzi Alkaff  were runners-up in the 400-yard medley relay.

Leon Faulk took home the "B" final in the 100-yard backstroke.



The championships conclude Saturday, starting with swimming preliminaries at 10:30 a.m.  Men's 3-meter diving and the women's 1-meter event are on the schedule for 12:30 p.m. The SCAC seniors recognition will be held at 5:45 p.m., followed by swimming finals at 6:00 p.m.