As an outstanding age group swimmer, Trina competed for the Barrington YMCA, East providence Boys and Girls Club, and the East Bay Aquatic Club.  At the 1989 Boys and Girls Club Nationals in Sarasota, Florida, she was 2nd place for the meet’s high point award for the 11-12 year old age group.  She went on to win the 13-14 year old age group 200 yard breaststroke the next year.  She was selected to swim for the United States Swimming (USS) New England Zone Team in 1990.  In 1993 and 1994, Trina qualified for the USS Junior National Swim Championships.  At the 1994 Junior Nationals, held at the University of Michigan, Trina qualified for the 500, 1000, and 1650 yard freestyle events while swimming for East Bay Aquatics Club.

            At Barrington High School, Trina began her career as a freshman by breaking school records in the 500 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke. At the Bay View Invitational Trina was the Outstanding Swimmer of her class all 4 years. She broke multiple records and earned several All- State Honors throughout her high school career in the 100 yard breaststroke, 100, 200, and 500 yard freestyle events, the 200 yard medley relay, and the 400 yard freestyle relay.

            Trina continued her swimming success at the collegiate level swimming for Cornell University. She achieved Cornell All Time Top Five times in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 yard freestyle events as well as the 200 yard breaststroke and the 800 yard freestyle relay.  A highlight of her swim career was a 1st place finish in the 1650 freestyle at the Eastern Women’s Championship in 1996 earning her the honor of Fifth Highest Point Scorer at the Eastern Intercollegiate Swim Championship meet that year. In 1996 and 1997, Trina was the 1st place female finisher of the annual Save The Bay Swim.  After graduation, Trina continued her involvement in swimming as a member of the New England Masters and as an assistant coach at the Barrington YMCA. She taught many youngsters to swim during her summers as a lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor at the Kendbrin Swim and Tennis Club.