Tiger Women Win 16th Straight SCAC Title; Men Finish 2nd

Tiger Women Win 16th Straight SCAC Title; Men Finish 2nd

San Antonio - The Trinity women captured their 16th consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday, while the Tiger men placed second at Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.



The Tiger women scored 932 points in winning their 19th overall SCAC Championship, outdistancing Colorado College by 102 points. Trinity's men had their seven-championship win streak snapped, as Southwestern (TX) University scored 884 points to 823 for the Tigers.

Second-year Head Coach Scott Trompeter and his associates were honored as the 2019 SCAC Women's Staff of the Year. John Ryan and Kimberly Jones are assistant swimming coaches, while Stan Randall heads the diving program.

Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman was named the SCAC Male Swimmer of the Meet for the third consecutive season and is the first three-time men's winner in conference history. An outstanding student, Hurrell-Zitelman also earned the SCAC Elite 19 Award, based on academic and athletic performance.

Trinity swept the Diver of the Meet accolades. Daniel Valmassei was named the Male Diver of the Meet for the second straight occasion, and Maren Merwarth took Female Diver of the Meet honors.

Hurrell-Zitelman became the first swimmer in SCAC history to win the men's 1,650-yard freestyle three times. Hurrell-Zitelman swam the distance event in an NCAA "B" Cut time of 16:15.98 on Saturday. He also picked up his eighth overall SCAC Championship, and is tied for seventh place in all-time conference history. Only Ryan Van Der Kar, Alex Miranda, and Dylan Stentiford have won more titles in Trinity program history.

Beau Tipton won the gold in the 200-yard butterfly for the second consecutive year. Tipton swam a "B" Cut time of 1:50.38, while James Warren was runner-up.

Daniel Sarman captured the 200-yard backstroke, touching the pad in 1:50.89. Eamon Morris was a third-place finisher in the event.  Elliot Fleming was the "B" final winner in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Trinity's men completed the meet with a runner-up finish in the 400-yard relay, clocking in at 3:06.18. Sarman, Morris, Leon Faulk, and Shamzi Alkaff were the quartet. Tipton, Mick Kossl, Eric Grace, and Cole Rezsofi were the "B" champs.

The Tiger women capped the championships by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay, with a "B" Cut Time of 3:29.40. Mabel Fowler, Paige Johnson, Star Rosales, and Morgen Reyna did the honors. Logan Khollman, Meghan Magill, Libby Goode, and Abbie Jones were the "B" winners.

Fowler emerged as the women's 200-yard backstroke champion with a "B" Cut time of 2:02.94, while Johnson was runner-up to her teammate.

Reyna just missed a "B" Cut mark in the 100-yard freestyle as runner-up, and Rosales finished third in the event. Ivy Claflin was a third-place finisher in the 200-yard butterfly event.

Valmassei won the men's 3-meter diving for the second year in a row. He led the Trinity top-three finish with 494.65 points. Anthony Liva placed second and Duncan MacAskill finished third on the high board. MacAskill won Friday's 1-meter event.

Merwarth was runner-up in women's 1-meter diving by just 5.35 points. She earlier captured the high-board title.



Three Trinity men's divers and two women have qualified for the NCAA Division III Region 2 Diving Championships March 1-2 at Grinnell, Iowa. Tiger swimmers who posted qualifying times will await possible selection to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, to be held March 20-23 at Greensboro, North Carolina.