The Trinity menâ€™s and womenâ€™s swimming teams swept the University of California-Santa Cruz in two meets at the University of Incarnate Word January Invitational last Saturday.
â€œOur kids stepped up pretty good and competed well,â€ said head swim coach John Ryan in an email. â€œItâ€™s always nice to win.â€
Led by first year Kara Beauchamp and sophomore Lydia Jones, the womenâ€™s team won a total of 13 events. Jones won individual freestyle events in the 50, the 200, and the 100, while Beauchamp won the 200-yard individual medley, the 400 IM, and the 200-yard breaststroke.
â€œBeauchamp won SCAC Swimmer of the Week honors because her 400 IM and 200 breaststroke performances were way ahead of any other conference season PRs,â€ Ryan said.
Sophomore Kelly Holton came in first in the 100-yard breaststroke, senior Mary Price won the 100-yard butterfly, senior Jennifer Ince won the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke and junior Melanie Gustafson won the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. Beauchamp, Ince, first-year Leah Selznick and sophomore Christine Hoelterhoff teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay.
â€œOverall, it was really good,â€ Beauchamp said. â€œEveryone had good times and did really well.â€
The menâ€™s team contributed by collecting 11 events over the two meets. First year Andrew Thiesse came in first in the 200-yard backstroke and the 1,650 yard freestyle, while first-year Nikita Chirkov won the 200-yard individual medley and the 400 IM.
Senior Spencer Bard came in first in the 100-yard butterfly, first year Brandon Tunon won the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Adam Thomas won the 50-yard freestyle and sophomore Stephen Culberson won the 100-yard freestyle.
Trinity also won the 200-yard medley relay with a team comprised of Thomas, Bard, Jones and Culberson. The Tigers now look ahead to the conference championships.
â€œIn building to conference, weâ€™re starting to taper, which is when you decrease the yardage but do more sprints and stroke-related stuff,â€ Beauchamp said.
On the other side of the pool, the Trinity menâ€™s and womenâ€™s diving team continued the winning streak against the UIW.
â€œI thought it went pretty well for us,â€ said first year Stuart Sproul. â€œUnfortunately, one or two of our divers scratched in the second round, but other than those little difficulties, we all did really well.â€
Senior Ruth Hahn, the defending NCAA Division III Womenâ€™s 3-meter champion, won the event with a score of 285.95, more than nine points above the second place score. Hahn came in second in the one-meter diving competition, while junior Katie Sheldon came in fifth.
For the men, first year Stuart Sproul won the three-meter and came in third in the one-meter.
â€œWe all cheered each other on, and weâ€™re close enough to the UIW to be friendly with each other, so there wasnâ€™t a horrible competitive spirit,â€ Sproul said.
The Tigers head next to the conference championships from Feb. 13-16 in Rockwall, TX, where they will defend their SCAC titles.
â€œOur women are favorites to win their tenth straight conference title,â€ Ryan said. â€œThe menâ€™s meet could go to any one of four schools, Trinity included in that mix. It should be exciting.â€