San Antonio - Trinity sophomore swimmers Beau Tipton and Mabel Fowler have received invitations to the respective NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships March 20-23 at Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tipton earned a nod to the men's 200-yard butterfly, with a time of 1:49.01. His NCAA mark is ranked 12th in the field and was set in the preliminaries of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships earlier this month at San Antonio's Palo Alto College Aquatic Center. Tipton went on to win the 200-yard fly for the second consecutive year.
Fowler received bids to the women's 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle events. Her time of 2:01.25 in the 200 backstroke is seeded eighth and the mark of 1:51.49 in the 200 freestyle is ranked 19th. Each time was recorded last November at the Trinity Invitational.
Trinity's women won their 16th consecutive SCAC Championship, while the men were runners-up. Second-year Head Coach Scott Trompeter and his associates were elected the 2019 SCAC Women's Staff of the Year. John Ryan and Kimberly Jones are assistant swimming coaches, and Stan Randall heads the diving program.
Five Tiger divers will compete Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Division III Region 2 Championships at Grinnell, Iowa. Senior Duncan MacAskill and sophomores Daniel Valmassei and Anthony Liva are Trinity's men's representatives. First-years Maren Merwarth and Katarina Partalas are the Tiger women's divers. The NCAA will announce the Regional allocations of divers for the National Championships on Thursday.
Valmassei was named the SCAC Male Diver of the Meet for the second consecutive year, as he won the 3-meter board for the second straight time. He placed third on the low board, which was captured by MacAskill. Merwarth was tabbed the SCAC Female Diver of the Meet, taking top honors in 3-meter diving and second on the low board.
Last year, Valmassei won the men's Regional 1-meter event and placed second on the high board. Liva finished third in both events, while MacAskill placed fourth in the high board and fifth on the low board. Valmassei and Liva both competed in the 2018 NCAA Championships with the former earning Honorable Mention All-America honors on the 1-meter board.