The Trinity College men’s swimming and diving team, led by head coach Carlos Vega (2nd season), brought in eight talented freshman across all events to bolster its roster and will rely on tri-captains Nick Celestin (Woodbridge, Conn.), Carl Gibney (Berwyn, Pa.), and Doug Curtin (Wayland, Mass.) to provide exemplary leadership, as the Bantams builds toward a strong performance in February’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Meet. ”I have been very happy with the pre-season,” said Vega. “We revamped our training and the hard work the teams have done with Strength and Conditioning Coach Bill DeLongis has translated nicely into the water. I feel strongly that the programs are moving in the right direction.” Celestin, a senior who has two backstroke and two relay records for the Bantams, hopes to bounce back after an injury halted his junior campaign. Celestin is consistent scorer in the NESCAC meet and has been a provisional NCAA Qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke. Curtin had a breakthrough sophomore season in 2014-15 that saw him fall just shy of setting a new Trinity record in the 200-yard backstroke, while Gibney, the team’s other senior, competes in multiple events and will be an important senior leader of the team. Evan Long (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) is a talented sprinter who returns to the team after a year off, and sophomore breaststroker Tristan McConnell (Merion Station, Pa.) was a NESCAC and ECAC weekly award winner during a promising rookie winter in 2014-15. He finished with lifetime-best times of 28.27 seconds and 1:02.46 in the 50 and the 100-yard breaststroke, respectively, and will look to build on a promising first two years. Juniors Thomas McNamara (Middlebury, Conn.) and Joe Paine (Hong Kong) and sophomore Hunter Mitchell-Adams (Stratford, Conn.) round out the list of returnees. Freshman Nikola Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia) anchors the exciting class of newcomers and should make an immediate splash in the distance events. Augustine Daly (Wynnewood, Pa.) and Paul Williams (Chatham, N.J.) are also promising distance swimmers, while Ethan Hunter (Westport, Conn.) should contribute in the breaststroke, and Alex Wolfson (Morristown, N.J.) shows promise in the backstroke and the middle distance. First-year Taylor Maier (Cincinnati, Ohio), in addition to being a speedy sprinter, brings diving experience to the squad, and Gordon Hyduke (Malvern, Pa.) adds depth in the butterfly and the freestyle.