FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams put the finishing touches on the regular season on Saturday (Jan. 27) afternoon, taking on Illinois Wesleyan on Senior Day at Franklin High School.
In their final dual competitions of the year, both men's and women's squads left the Titans in the dust. The Franklin women racked up 15 event titles on their way to a 202-79 win, giving them a perfect 10-0 record in duals this year. Meanwhile, the Franklin men grabbed 12 event wins en route to a 185-75 win, giving them a 7-3 record in duals this year.
It was also a chance for six Grizzlies to be recognized for their contributions to the Franklin swimming and diving programs over the last four year. Amy McCormick, Karlee Demsey, Katie Dodd, Sam Hall, Zach Daily and Cameron Cary were all honored during the senior day festivities midway through the event.
The day started with the women's 200 medley relay, one that saw the quartet of Brynna Sentel, Ashley Snoke, Demsey and Courtnee Coffman run away from the field with a time of 1:50.30. Later in the day, the Grizzlies' 200 freestyle relay team of Demsey, Snoke, Jacqueline Richard and Coffman finished first with a time of 1:41.04.
Sentel picked up two event wins as an individual, taking the top spot in the 200 freestyle (1:58.13) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.30). Ashley Snoke claimed wins in both the 100 breaststroke (1:09.77) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.29) while Cady Mehringer picked up victories in the 200 butterfly (2:14.20) and the 200 IM (2:15.81).
Courtnee Coffman took the top spot in the 50 free with a time of 24.59. Jessica Halsmer claimed victory in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:07.54 while August Hartzell won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:02.14. McCormick capped the Franklin winners with a victory in the 1000 freestyle, clocking in at a time of 10:59.53.
On the board, freshman Lexi Blackburn claimed top billing on the 1-meter board (1:34.45) and the 3-meter board (290.40).
Eight different Grizzlies claimed individual wins in the pool. Sophomore James Hone was the only Grizzly to win multiple events, taking the top spot in both the 200 freestyle (1:47.68) and the 200 IM (2:01.71). Senior Daily blew by the field in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:36.07, winning by more than nine seconds. Fellow senior Hall claimed the top spot in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.40.
Adam Price claimed victory in the 100 back stroke with a time of 56.96 while Dylan Harker followed up with a win in the 100 backstroke at a time of 1:03.83. Rayce claimed a win in the 200 backstroke (2:02.14), Jack Heim was a winner in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.21) and Mac Howard picked up a win in the 100 butterfly (1:01.29).
On the board, both Will Combs and Jacob Keener punched their tickets to the NCAA diving regionals. Combs was a winner on the three-meter board with a score of 196.65 and a runner-up on the one-meter board with a score of 266.15. Keener edged out his teammate for top billing on the one-meter board with 275.65 points while settling for second place on the three-meter board with a score of 190.50.
The Grizzlies now turn their attention to the inaugural HCAC Championships, which are set to take place from Feb. 9-11 at the Vigo County Aquatics Center in Terre Huate, Ind. Day one action gets underway at 10:00 a.m.