FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams hit the water on Saturday (Nov. 10) afternoon, welcoming Manchester and Centre to Franklin Middle School for dual competition.
Both teams remained unblemished at the end of the day after picking up wins over the Spartans and Colonels. The Franklin women ran their dual record to 7-0 with a 197-19 win over Manchester and a 144-87 victory over Centre. Over on the men's side, the Grizzlies rolled to a 193-23 win over Manchester and held on for a hard-fought 139-95 win over Centre to improve to 6-0 on the year.
The women's team was led by a pair of swimmers that picked up two wins on Saturday in sophomores Courtnee Coffman and Brynna Sentel. Coffman paced the field in the 50 free at 24.67 seconds and followed it up with a win in the 100 free and a time of 53.33. In the distance events, Sentel rolled to a victory in the 1000 free with a time of 10:53.30, which was the precursor to a win in the 500 free and a time of 5:18.74.
Jessica Halsmer picked up another win in the 200 backstroke, taking the top spot in a miniscule time of 2:07.07. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native nearly picked up her second win of the day in the 200 free, but finished .11 seconds off the top spot with a time of 1:56.86. Cady Mehringer's time of 2:14.47 was good for the top spot in the 200 IM.
Both women's relay teams were winners as well. The Grizzlies' 200 medley relay unit of Halsmer, Ashley Snoke, Elizabeth Colliver and Natalie Hollensead earned a win with an effort of 1:53.04. In the final event of the day, Sentel, Mehringer, Coffman and Jacqueline Richard put a stamp on the afternoon with a win in the 400 free relay in 3:39.25.
Sophomore Lexi Blackburn continued her roll on the boards, picking up two wins on the one-meter board and qualifying for regionals with a combined score of 453.45 points.
On the men's side, the Grizzlies had one multi-event winner in senior Rob Warren. The Bowling Green, Ky.-native opened up his day with a win in the 1000 free (10:15.11) and followed it up with a victory in the 500 free (4:57.52) later in the day. Freshman Caleb Strange earned top billing in the 200 free, taking the crown with a time of 1:49.03. Junior Jack Heim claimed the other individual race title with a win in the 200 breaststroke at 2:15.08.
The Grizzlies collected more valuable points with several runner-up finishes races throughout the day. Ben Doss finished second in the 50 free (22.63), Charlie Hall matched that finish in both the 200 IM (2:02.16) and 200 fly (2:01.09) as did Jordan Cermak in the 100 free (49.74) and James Hone in the 200 backstroke (2:02.68).
Franklin opened the day with a win in the 200 medley relay as Zach Rayce, Jack Heim, Dylan Harker and Jacob Weir finished with a collective time of 1:42.29. At the end of the day, Noah Tallman, Hall, Cermak and Hone teamed up to win the 400 free relay with a time of 3:16.09.
Will Combs was a winner twice on the one-meter board, earning a season-high point total of 439.05 to remain perfect in all diving events this year.
Franklin gets back in the pool next Saturday (Nov. 17), when they host Transylvania, Hanover and Thomas More at Franklin Community High School. Start time for the event is set for 2:00 p.m.