Jan 28, 2017
FRANKLIN, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2017) – The Franklin College women's swimming and diving team experienced its first glitch of the year in the final regular season meet by losing a very close contest at Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday.
The meet came down to the very last event, where the Grizzles came up short. Only 24 one-hundredths of a second separated winning from losing. The Grizzlies lost to the host Titans by a score of 152-142.
The medley relay team of Mackenzie Dwyer (Longmont, Colo.), Kaitlin Mans (Louisville, Ky.), Karlee Demsey (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Regina Solik (Clayton, Ind.) got things kicked off right by winning the event in a time of 1:52.35.
The rest of the early part of the meet was tough for the Grizzlies until event 9, when Mans won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:09.37. Mans also took first in the 200 breaststroke. The only other double winner on the day was Dwyer, who won the 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley.
Other individual event winners for Franklin were Solik in the 50 freestyle and Demsey in the 100 butterfly.
"After swimming hard (Friday night) against a tough Rose-Hulman team, we had a quick turn-around (Saturday)," Franklin coach Andrew Hendricks said. "We knew Illinois Wesleyan had a tough team. With the various injuries affecting our roster size this month, we just couldn't step in and fill those voids like we needed to. This team has been on a mission all year long, but our goals are much bigger than this one dual meet. We have a championship to win in two weeks, and our women will be fired up for it."
Franklin will next travel to Principia College outside the greater St. Louis area to compete in the 2017 NCAA Liberal Arts Championships, Feb. 8-11. The women have finished second three years in a row at the Championships and are searching for their first Championship win.