Elsah, Ill. - The Franklin College women's swimming and diving team recorded seven top-eight finishes to sit in second place on the Liberal Arts Championships on Thursday at Principia College.
The Grizzlies tallied 189.5 points and trails Luther College with 275.5 points after the first day of the women's swimming and diving championships. University of Minnesota Morris stands in third place with 156 points, while Coe College is in fourth place with 117.5 points.
The 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) set the school record in winning the race (1:36.71). The Grizzlies won the event by a commanding three-second margin.
Franklin took runner-up honors in the 400-yard medley relay (3:58.88). Solik and Demsey joined sophomore Kaitlin Mans (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) and senior Shelby Conrad (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) on the medley relay team.
Individually, Solik recorded a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.14 seconds). Demsey followed closely behind in the race with a third-place performance (24.62 seconds). Blaich rounded out a strong event with a seventh-place finish (24.95 seconds).
McCormick added 17 points to the team score with a runner-up effort in the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.39). Mans rounded out the strong performances with an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.95).
The Liberal Arts Championship resume on Friday, February 12, at 11 a.m. with preliminary swims. The fastest 16 swimmers will advance to the finals, starting at 7 p.m.