Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's and women's swimming and diving teams begin 2016 in the Colonel Classic at Centre College on January 8-9 at 6:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. in Danville, Kentucky.
Both teams stand 9-0 in dual meets this season. The men are coming off a second place finish at the Transylvania Invitational from December 5-6. The women's swimming and diving team broke eight school records at the Transylvania Invitational to place fourth.
At the Transylvania Invitational the women's 200-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Haley Blaich (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) and Regina Solik (Clayton, Ind./Cascade) and sophomores Karlee Demsey (Jeffersonville, Ind./Jeffersonville) and Amy McCormick (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) started the meet with a school record (1:38.19) during a second-place finish. Freshman Mackenzie Dwyer (Longmont, Colo./Skyline) also established a new top time in program history in the 200-yard backstroke (2:08.24) to place third in the event. Senior Shelby Conrad (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) had a fifth-place finish in the event (2:11.25).
Meanwhile, the men's team is led by junior Artur Schneider (Zurich, Switzerland) who recorded three event victories with provisionally qualifying times for the NCAA Division III National Championships. He won the 100-yard backstroke (49.77 seconds) with the fastest time recorded this season in NCAA Division III. Schneider also was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.07). The junior concluded his strong meet by winning the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.86).
Junior Nick Allen (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.77) at the Transylvania Invitational. He also recorded a runner-up finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.64). The 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Joel Foreman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), junior Bailey Willoughby (Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield-Central), Allen, and Schneider is coming off a second-place finish in their last meet.
The men's swimming and diving team begins the 2016 portion of its schedule ranked No. 44 in the CollegeSwimming.com weekly poll.