FRANKLIN, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2017) – The Franklin College women kept their undefeated season alive Friday night with a big win against visiting HCAC opponent Rose-Hulman Institute of technology. The Grizzlies won the first seven swimming events and took first place in 9 of the 10 swimming events overall for the evening.
The Grizzlies won the meet by a score of 130-80.
It was Senior Night for Franklin, and the atmosphere was emotional and festive. Franklin College President Dr. Thomas Minar joined head coach Andrew Hendricks and diving coach Dee Woods on the pool deck to congratulate each senior.
"We have had such a tremendous season, and this group of seniors is the reason why," Hendricks said. "Their competitive spirit, poise and leadership has really inspired the team to take our success to the next level. We have gone up against a number of ranked opponents this year and have come out on top every time. This team has learned how to win."
The Grizzlies improve to 11-0 on the season and are 44-2-1 over the last four seasons since this group of seniors came to Franklin in the fall of 2013. The seniors honored on the evening were: Haley Blaich (Indianapolis, Ind.), Carly Fernandes (Greenfield, Ind.), Lauren McCool (New Albany, Ind.), Laura Olivo (Goshen, Ind), Regina Solik (Clayton, Ind.), Sarah Taylor (Greenville, Ind.) and Payton Thomas (Clinton, Ind.).
Senior Sarah Taylor got things started off on the right foot as the anchor for the winning 200 medley relay. The team of Mackenzie Dwyer (Longmont, Colo.), Kaitlin Mans (Louisville, Ky.), Karlee Demsey (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Taylor won in a time of 1:53.68, nearly five seconds ahead of the second place team. Franklin thus began its run of victories: Amy McCormick (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) in the 200 freestyle, Solik in the 50 freestyle, Dwyer in the 200 individual medley, Demsey in the 100 butterfly and Solik again in the 100 freestyle. The only blemish came in the 100 backstroke with Franklin taking second, fourth and fifth.
The women then got right back on track in the next event when Mans out-distanced her nearest competitor by 4.57 seconds in the 100 breaststroke to take the victory. The 400 freestyle relay team of McCool, McCormick, Blaich and Solik then ended a great night of swimming for the Grizzlies with a commanding 9.04 second victory in a time of 3:54.11.
Franklin had a quick turnaround as the swimmers and divers wrap up the regular season against a very tough Illinois Wesleyan squad today in Bloomington, Ill. Last year, the Franklin women tied the Titans 111-111 in a tough late season contest. The Grizzlies then head down the stretch as they prepare for the 2017 NCAA Liberal Arts Championships, which will take place on the campus of Principia College just outside of St. Louis, Mo., February 8-11.