NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Franklin men's and women's swim teams remained unbeaten over a tough travel weekend, picking up wins in their second event in less than 24 hours.
The Franklin women moved to 6-0 in dual competition with wins over the host Spartans of Manchester (180-52) and Indiana Wesleyan (156-70). The Franklin men displaced Manchester by a score of 190-34 to move to 5-0 on the year.
For the women, the day was highlighted by a trio of freshman. Brynna Sentel won both the 200 freestyle (1:58.77) and 500 freestyle (5:15.73) and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Sentel was joined by Karlee Demsey, Amy McCormick, and Jacqueline Richard on the winning relay, which clocked in at 3:45.46.
Jessica Halsmer capped off a strong weekend of swimming with her season-best time in the 200 freestyle (2:03.23) finishing in third place. She then bounced back with a 1st place finish in the 100 backstroke, taking the top spot with a time of 1:01.43. Halsmer also added to a winning relay by leading off the victorious 200 medley relay with Ashley Snoke, Demsey, and Courtnee Coffman, a group that won by five seconds with a time of 1:53.04.
Olivia Walther rounded out the trio with two season best times in the 50 freestyle (26.36) and 100 freestyle (57.48). On the diving board, Lexi Blackburn finished in first place in the 5-dive competition with Bri Gunning finishing in third. Gunning added a second place finish in the 6-dive event.
The Franklin men were dominant on Saturday afternoon, taking first place in 12 of the 13 events on the day. Jacob Keener highlighted the diving competition by winning both the five-dive and six-dive events securely punching his qualification ticket to NCAA Regionals in late February. Keener qualified for NCAA Regionals for the first time last year and was the second to do so in program history behind teammate Will Combs.
Combs narrowly missed the NCAA qualification mark by less than 10 points on the afternoon but will have another shot at doing so in three weeks when the team travels to the University of Kentucky.
Some big swims were turned in by Franklin distance swimmers. Rob Warren (17:22.40) and Kevin Gast (17:49.90) each turned in top 50 times in the nation in the 1650 freestyle. Warren's time ranks him in the top 25 in collegeswimming.com's current poll. Noah Tallman also had a strong afternoon posting a win and season-best 4:54.69 in the 500 freestyle.
James Hone was a winner in the 200 free (1:48.01) and the 100 butterfly (54.29). Jack Heim also captured two event wins, taking the top spot in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.34) and 200 IM (2:04.49). Other individual winners included Ben Doss in the 100 free (50.04) and Sam Hall in the 100 backstroke (55.02).
The 200 medley team of Zach Rayce, Cameron Culp, Kevin Gast and Jacob Weir took the top spot with a time of 1:45.14. The 400 free relay team of Weir, Tallman, Doss and Hone closed out the event with a victory and a time of 3:19.71.
The Grizzlies will continue to ramp up their training as they head in to the Thanksgiving holiday. The next meet for the teams will come the first weekend in December at the University of Kentucky in a multi-team invitational.