LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Franklin College swimming and diving teams took to the road for an in-conference match up versus Transylvania University on Friday night.
Both the Franklin men's and women's teams continued their strong start to the year, improving to 4-0 each with two impressive dual wins against the Pioneers. The FC women ran away with a 157-41 win while the men coasted to a 164-17 win.
The Grizzlies' women's team took control of the meet from the very first event when Franklin made a clean sweep in the medley relay by taking the top three places. The team of Brynna Sentel, Ashley Snoke, Cady Mehringer, and Courtnee Coffman won the event in a time of 4:04.42 which currently ranks as the ninth fastest time in the nation this season. The team of Jessica Halsmer, August Hartzell, Jacqueline Richard, and Karlee Demsey took second place.
Sentel and Halsmer turned around quickly and got the individual events rolling for the Grizzlies by taking 1st and 2nd respectively in the 1000 freestyle. Halsmer would add a blistering first place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.03, followed by Mackenzie Dwyer (2:12.81) in second place and Sentel (2:14.88) in third place. Halsmer's time ranks as the 34th fastest time in the nation this year.
There were two individuals who scored double victories on the evening. Amy McCormick won both the 200 freestyle (2:03.58) and the 500 freestyle (5:23.11) while Mehringer took first place honors in both the 200IM (2:16.71) and the 200 butterfly (2:21.15). Overall, Franklin would take wins in 10 of the 11 events on the night.
The Franklin men's team also got off to a fast start en route to a big win with first, second, and third place finishes in the medley relay. The team of Sam Hall, Kevin Gast, Cameron Cary, and Ben Doss combined for the victory with a time of 3:46.99.
Hall would go on to win the 100 free (49.52) while Doss would take the 50 free (22.66). Noah Tallman added a win in the 1000 free (10:28.44), James Hone was a winner in the 200 free (1:48.43) and 200 backstroke (2:02.61), Mac Howard topped the field in the 200 butterfly (1:59.56) and Rob Warren was the victor in the 500 free (4:57.37). Just like their female counterparts, the Franklin men would claim first place finishes in 10 of the 11 events on the night.
Franklin continues its road stint on Saturday afternoon when they head north to take on Manchester and Indiana Wesleyan in a Saturday triangular. Start time from North Manchester, Ind. is set for 1:00 p.m.