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West Hartford Athletes on Campus: Maciag Sets a Record

A weekly roundup of the best from former West Hartford scholastic athletes who are now playing in college.

Photo courtesy of the Trinity College Athletics Department
Photo courtesy of the Trinity College Athletics Department

Wow, what a week for West Hartford athletes! Leading off is Eliza Maciag (Hall '13), a first-year on the Trinity College women’s swimming and diving team, won the 50-free in 25.24 in a tri-meet against Wesleyan and Bates College on Nov. 24. In addition, she set a new Trinity freshman record in the 100 back by finishing in 1:01.64. … Speaking of records, Sarah Mantz, a freshman on the University of Vermont women’s swimming and diving team, was on two relays that set new school standards at the Terrier Invitational in Boston on Nov. 26. She was a member of the 400 free relay that finished in 3:27.57, shattering the previous mark by nearly 2 seconds. She was also a member of the 200 free relay team that finished in 1:35.37, which broke the school record. Mantz also had a top-10 finish in the 50 free with a time of 52.36. … Shaun McGann (Hall High ‘10), a senior on the Trinity College men’s soccer team, finished his collegiate career in style, starting all 14 games for the 7-5-2 Bantams. McGann, who was the team’s co-captain, had two assists on the year. He also scored a goal - the game-winner against rival Williams in a 2-1 overtime victory. He’s also successful in the classroom, having been named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic team… Elena Jay (Hall High ‘11), a junior on the Bates College women’s cross country team, was also named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic team on Dec. 2. She recently earned All-New England honors at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships. … Michaela Celella (Conard High ‘12), a sophomore on the Wesleyan University field hockey team, also was named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic team. … West Hartford resident Colin Bradley’s (Avon Old Farms ‘09) University of Connecticut men’s soccer team defeated No. 1 UCLA on penalties to advance to the NCAA Division I tournament quarterfinals. Bradley, a senior midfielder, has started all 22 games for the 12-2-8 Huskies. UConn is scheduled to meet Virginia on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ... Sara Binkhorst (Hall High ‘11) scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team to a 64-59 victory over the University of New England on Nov. 26. She was 8-12 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. The Polar Bears are a perfect 6-0 on the season, and Binkhorst, a guard, is averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. … Megan O’Brien (Hall High ‘11), a junior on the Fairfield University women’s soccer team, added to her trophy case by being named to the MAAC All-Academic team and the conference All-Tournament team. In addition to being named the MAAC’s preseason defensive player of the year, she helped lead the Division I Stags to an 11-6-2 record this season. … Dominick Spaulding (Conard High '12), a sophomore defensive lineman on the Mount Ida football team, was an Honorable Mention Eastern Collegiate Football Conference All-Conference selection this year. Spaulding led the Mustangs with 6.5 sacks and four blocked kicks. ... Emily Corrales (Conard High ‘13), a first-year on the University of New England women’s ice hockey team, scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to Williams on Nov. 30. After 10 games, Corrales is tied for the team lead in points with six (four goals, two assists). … Michael Fisher (Conard High ‘13) was a freshman offensive lineman on the St. Lawrence University football team. Fisher traveled with the team and saw action in several games. … Sean Carneiro (Conard High ‘13) was a freshman on the Western New England football team.

West Hartford Athletes on Campus is a (hopefully) weekly feature that summarizes the best of what's going on with former town scholastic athletes who are now competing in college athletics. If you know of a former West Hartford scholastic athlete who is now competing at the collegiate level, please let me know at ted.glanzer@patch.com.

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