TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The inaugural Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships continued Saturday with day two of competition at the Vigo Aquatics Center.
Both Franklin teams head into day three in the same spots they started day two. The FC women are pacing the field with 453 points, taking a 63 point lead over second place Rose-Hulman into the final day of competition. The Grizzly men maintained their hold on second place and head into day three with 302.5 points and a stranglehold on the second spot.
The Grizzly women claimed five event titles on Saturday, the first coming in the day's opening event and the 200 medley relay. Jessica Halsmer, Ashley Snoke, Karlee Demsey and Courtnee Coffman blew past the field with a time of 1:49.60. The Grizzlies would sweep both Saturday relays, with the quartet of Brynna Sentel, Amy McCormick, Makenzie Dwyer and Livie Walther taking top spot in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:54.71.
The Grizzlies dominated the women's 200 freestyle, with Sentel (1:54.75), McCormick (1:55.18) and Halsmer (1:56.27) sweeping the podium. Halsmer would add a win later in the night in 100 backstroke with a blazing time of 58.57 seconds.
Freshman Lexi Blackburn would capture the Grizzlies' final event title of the day on the 1-meter board. The Clayton, Ind.-native racked up 459.55 points, winning the event by 13 points.
On the men's side, both relay teams in competition on Saturday recorded runner-up finishes. The 200 medley relay team of Sam Hall, Jack Heim, Mac Howard and James Hone put together a time of 1:36.96, finishing just behind the top spot. Later on, the Grizzlies' 800 freestyle relay squad of Hone, Howard, Noah Tallman and Cameron Cary duplicated that finish with a time of 7:21.86.
Hone would add a second-place finish in the finals of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.12. Hall added a third place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.99, while Tallman grabbed fourth-place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.28 seconds.
On the 1-meter board, Jacob Keener racked up 439.60 points to finish in second place. Not far behind was teammate Will Combs, who took third place with 408.85 points.
The Inaugural HCAC Championships come to a close on Sunday, with preliminaries set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Vigo Aquatics Center.