FRANKLIN, Ind. – After opening their year with two competitions on the road, the Franklin College swimming and diving teams hit the pool for their first home competitions of the year on Friday night, taking on Millikin University in dual competition.
Both teams would make their home debut a successful one, moving to 3-0 in dual competition this year. The Franklin women picked up a 154-41 win while the men were winners by a score of 177-21.
On the women's side, the Grizzlies would take 10 of the 11 events on the night. The medley relay team of Mackenzie Dwyer, August Hartzell, Cady Mehringer, and Olivia Walther who led things off with a first place finish with a time of 4:15.06.
Mehringer added an untapered best to win the 400 IM in a time of 4:45.83. Brynna Sentel also went an untapered best time in the 500 free to take top honors with a time of 5:15.43, good for the 20th fastest time in the nation.
Jessica Halsmer won the 100 backstroke with a quick 1:01.50 while Snoke rounded out the individual events by winning the 100 breaststroke. The women capped off the night by winning the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.01 behind the sprinting of Walther, Sentel, Karlee Demsey, and Coffman. Lexi Blackburn and Bri Gunning also took 1st and 2nd respectively in diving.
The Franklin men's team opened the night for the men by taking the top four spots in the medley relay on their way to going a perfect 12-for12 in event wins. Franklin's relay team of Zach Rayce, Cameron Culp, Mac Howard, and Ben Doss took the top spot in the medley relay.
Top swims on the night came from Adam Price in the 400 IM, taking first with a time of 4:29.37. Price was the only double event winner on the night by winning the 100 backstroke as well. Noah Tallman brought home the win in the 100 fly in a time of 54.43 followed closely by James Hone who took second for the Grizzlies. Hone added a win in the 200 freestyle as well.
The highlight for the men came from both divers, Will Combs and Jacob Keener. Both divers exceeded NCAA Regional diving scores on the 1-meter board and will look to continue ramping up their dives as the season goes on as they prepare for regional competition in March.
The Grizzlies hit the road once again next weekend, taking part in back-to-back dual matches against a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opponents. First up for the Grizzlies is a meeting with Transylvania University on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.