LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin College women's swimming and diving team came out of the Thanksgiving break ready to compete as the team broke three school records on the first day of the eight-team Transylvania Invitational at the University of Kentucky.
Head Coach Andrew Hendricks commented, "This is our first opportunity of the season to swim in championship conditions with a preliminaries and finals format. It is an important time for the athletes to build some mental confidence and swim fast as we prepare for our all-important push through January towards championship season."
Day 1 of the two-day competition got off to a good start when freshman Cady Mehringer (Jasper, Ind.) broke the team record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:11.53. Junior Amy McCormick (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) followed up the next event by winning the 500 freestyle, narrowly missing the team record by 7 one-hundredths of a second. Teammate Mackenzie Dwyer (Longmont, Colo.) joined McCormick in the finals of the 500 freestyle and finished sixth. Later, Dwyer swam the 200 backstroke in a new team record time (2:08.02), outdoing her own team record from earlier in the morning. Dwyer's time earned her a third place finish. Records were becoming commonplace at that point when junior Kaitlin Mans (Louisville, Ky.) broke the team record in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:07.29. It was Mans' first individual record as a Grizzly, breaking the record previously held by the team's current assistant coach Brenna Ghigliotto ('15).
On Sunday, records continued to fall. Just like day one, Mehringer ignited the team again by breaking the team record in the 400 individual medley (4:38.63) to finish in second place. Bri Gunning (Greenwood, Ind.) had her best performances on the diving boards over the weekend and broke the team record in the 3-meter diving competition. Mehringer's and Gunning's records replaced the longest standing swimming and diving records remaining on Franklin's record board.
The Grizzlies won the longest and the shortest events of the meet on Sunday as well. McCormick continued her win streak in the mile (1,650 yard freestyle), and Regina Solik (Clayton, Ind.) won the 50 freestyle. Overall, the Grizzlies finished second in the eight-team field but are still undefeated in dual meets on the season at 9-0. The team now goes in to a stretch of winter training before returning to competition in early January.