Michael Lenihan, Trinity College

Michael Lenihan, who graduated from Trinity this spring with a degree in public policy and law, was the male recipient of the Robert R. Bartlett Award for excellence in athletics and service to his campus and community.  Lenihan has been one of the top breaststrokers in the NESCAC since his first year at Trinity, having earned all-league honors in 2005 and ECAC Swimmer of the Week two different times.  In 2006-07, Lenihan posted Trinity’s season-best times in all three breaststroke events and at all three distances in the individual medley.  He has scored the most points on the Trinity squad in each of his four seasons and was named the Team MVP every winter.  A two-year captain for the Bantams in the pool, Lenihan holds no less than six individual varsity records and shares the 400-yard medley relay records with his teammates.   

Starting with his four straight elections as the President of the Class of 2007, Lenihan’s service to the community is multifaceted and extensive.  He has been an Academic Honor Council member and an Academic Affairs Committee member, as well as the co-chair for the College’s Conversations on Community.  Lenihan helped re-write Trinity’s honor code to better reflect the culture of today’s student, and perhaps most notably, organized the Swim Across America for the entire New England Small College Athletic Conference that has raised over $40,000 dollars toward cancer research.