RECAP | Swimming & Diving Teams Stay Unbeaten in Dual Matches with Saturday Wins Over Hanover

Courtnee Coffman
Courtnee Coffman

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin swimming and diving teams each earned their third dual wins of the weekend, holding court on Saturday (Nov. 9) afternoon with home wins over Hanover College.

The Grizzly women earned their 26th straight dual win with a 201-45 victory over the Panthers while the men remained unbeaten in 2019 with a 214-46 win.

Junior Courtnee Coffman and freshman Caileigh McCafferty each won three events on Saturday afternoon and teamed up to win one relay. Coffman claimed the top spots in the 100 backstroke (1:01.28), the 50 freestyle (24.63) and the 100 freestyle (53.90) to give her five individual victories on the weekend.

McCafferty matched her teammate with victories in the 200 backstroke (2:11.81), 100 butterfly (1:01.42) and the 200 IM (2:14.42). Both swimmers teamed up with Brynna Sentel and Jacqueline Richard to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:41.20.

Sentel capped a strong weekend with a pair of wins, the first coming in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:36.65, which is tops in the HCAC and the ninth-fastest time in the country through a few weeks of competition. Later in the day, the Sullivan, Ill.-native added a victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.86.

Sophomore Anna Perkins won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:16.98 and junior August Hartzell was victorious in the 200 breaststroke after touching the wall in 2:33.97. Freshman Faith Jackson picked up 342.75 points over 11 dives on the one-meter board to win. Hartzell, Liz Colliver, Sam Hinkleman and Kyra Skeens teamed up with win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:56.95.

On the men's side a trio of Grizzlies collected at least two event titles on the afternoon. Senior Jack Heim wrapped up a strong weekend by taking top billing in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.21) and the 200 IM (2:06.35) while adding a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.79).

Fellow senior Zach Rayce claimed victory in both the 100 backstroke (55.67) and the 200 backstroke (2:01.37). Freshman Shane O'Sullivan won the 100 freestyle (49.75) and the 100 butterfly (53.67). Rayce, Heim and O'Sullivan teamed with Jacob Weir to win the first event of the day, besting the field in the 200 medley relay in 1:40.32.

Junior Kevin Gast claimed his second distance win in as many days, winning the 1000 freestyle in 10:46.99. Senior James Hone claimed the top spot in the 200 freestyle in 1:47.41 and sophomore Nolan Davis was a winner in the 500 freestyle with a tick of 5:06.68. In the final event of the night, Rayce, Hone, Ben Doss and Luke Stuart claimed victory in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.66.

On the one-meter board, freshman Gauge Creech set a new program record for point scored on six dives (213.80) and 11 dives (391.10), breaking program records in both and qualifying for the NCAA Diving Regionals in late February.

The Grizzlies will have six days to prepare for their next competition, which takes place next Friday (Nov. 15) night in Danville, Ky. against Centre College. The two teams hit the pool at 6:30 p.m.