A native of Garrett Park, Md., "Trink" quickly established herself as a swimming force to be reckoned with. As a freshman, she led the women's team in scoring and qualified for the AIAW National Championships in Reno, Nev. Swimming in the individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke, Trink broke through to the finals where she finished 8th and became F&M's first All-American woman swimmer. During her four year career, Kathryn won and dominated a host of MAC championship events, even though she swam with injuries part of the time. Her 1980 season was particularly outstanding, as she became an All-American in three events.
She was a member of F&M's record setting 400-yard medley relay (4:18.2) and then finished 5th in the 50-yard backstroke, 6th in the 100-yard backstroke and 2nd in the 200-yard backstroke at national championships. She closed out her career in championship fashion with two victories in the MAC championships. She then won the NCAA Division III title in the 50-yard backstroke in record time (28.6). She also finished 3rd in the 200-yard backstroke, 4th in the 100-yard backstroke, and 5th n the 200-yard individual medley.
At the completion of her career, Trink held three F&M individual records, one relay mark, the MAC 200-yard backstroke record, and was an 11-time All-American. She was named F&M's "Outstanding Senior Athlete-Woman" in 1982 and was awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. A history major, Trink would later receive her master's degree in history from American University. She taught at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School before she married and moved to New Jersey. Law school may be in the immediate future. In a recent swimming race, Trink finished 220th out of 800 swimmers in a 4 ? mile swim across the Chesapeake Bay.