Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's and women's swimming and diving teams look to continue their strong 2013-14 seasons when they compete in the Liberal Arts Championships, one of the Midwest's largest meets, at Principia College (Ill.). Competition starts on Thursday, February 13, and continues through Saturday, February 15.
Preliminary-round swims begin each day at 9 a.m., with the top 16 swimmers advancing to the finals in the evening.
The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive showing at the Heartland Conference Invitational on January 25. The women's team captured the team title, while men's squad finished second. The two teams combined to score the most points in every race competed against league opponents.
Franklin's women's team looks to improve upon last year's fifth-place finish in the Liberal Arts Championships. The team went undefeated in dual matches, including a 5-0 mark against teams competing in this weekend's championships. Besides winning the Heartland Conference Invitational, the team finished second in Centre College's Colonel Classic and third in the Transylvania Invitational.
The Grizzlies have depth in many events which should be beneficial this weekend. Freshman Lauren McCool (New Albany, Ind./New Albanay) won three individual races at the Heartland Conference Invitational. Junior Brenna Ghigliotto (Wakarusa, Ind./Northwood) has been a multiple-event winner in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races. Freshmen Tori Klimczak (Hanna, Ind./South Central) and Carly Fernandes (Greeenfield, Ind./Greenfield-Central) have been individual event winners, and also contribute to the team's successful relay teams.
Meanwhile, the men's squad finished fourth at last year's Liberal Arts Championships and helped Head Coach Andrew Hendricks earn meet Coach of the Year honors. Franklin has posted a 10-2 dual meet record this winter, with both losses coming against nationally ranked opponents. The team won the Colonel Classic and placed second at the Transylvania and Heartland Conference invitationals.
Freshman Artur Schneider (Zurich, Switzerland) has led the team with multiple-event victories during the invitational portion of the season. He won three races at the Heartland Conference Invitational.
Franklin won its first gold medal in last year's Liberal Arts Championship by capturing the 400-yard freestyle relay. Returning to defend their title will be relay team members David McAfee (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll), Olexiy Bariyev (Ukraine), Carney Gillin (Mooresville, Ind./Decatur Central) and Joel Foreman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead).
Live results of the meet will be available here.