San Antonio - Three Trinity student-athletes have been elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimmers and Divers of the Year, while the coaches were named the SCAC Women's Staff of the Year.
Beau Tipton and Daniel Valmassei earned respective SCAC Men's Swimmer and Diver of the year honors, while Maren Merwarth was tabbed as the SCAC Women's Diver of the Year. All three contributed to Trinity's success at the SCAC Championships, as the Tiger women won their 16th consecutive title and the men finished as runners-up at San Antonio's Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.
In balloting after the championships, Trinity's coaches were voted the SCAC Women's Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and 11th in program history. Scott Trompeter is the head swimming coach and is assisted by John Ryan and Kimberly Jones, while Stan Randall heads the Tigers diving teams.
Valmassei was named SCAC Male Diver of the Meet and Diver of the Year for the second straight occasion. The Tiger sophomore won the 3-meter board for the second consecutive time and placed third on the low board. Valmassei went on to the NCAA Division III Region 2 Diving Championships, where he placed second on the 1-meter board and third on the 3-meter and qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.
Valmassei went on to place fourth on the low board to earn All-America honors and 16th on the high board for Honorable Mention All-America kudos at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tipton brought home the gold in the SCAC 200-yard butterfly for the second year in a row and was a third-place finisher in the 100-yard butterfly. The sophomore and his teammates finished second in the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay.
At the NCAAs, Tipton placed 10th in the 200-yard butterfly for Honorable Mention All-America distinction. He tied for eighth place in the preliminaries and a swim-off was required, and he ended up just missing eighth place and All-America recognition by a mere 1.04 seconds.
Merwarth was named SCAC Female Diver of the Meet after winning the high-board title and finishing second on the low board. She later placed third on the 1-meter board and fourth on the 3-meter at the Region 2 Diving Championships and went on to represent Trinity's women's divers at the NCAA Championships in the 1-meter and 3-meter events.