RECAP | Sentel Becomes First Individual All-American in Program History on Day Three of NCAA Championships

Brynna Sentel competing in the finals of the 100 backstroke. Photo courtesy of Claire Castillo
Brynna Sentel competing in the finals of the 100 backstroke. Photo courtesy of Claire Castillo

By: Jake Renie

GREENSBORO, NC – After a historic performance on day two of the NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving Championships, the Franklin women's swim team came out on Friday (Mar. 22) and garnered another All-America nod on day three of competition.

Sophomore Brynna Sentel turned in a record-setting performance during the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke in the morning to punch her ticket to the finals in the event. The Sullivan, Ill.-native entered the morning preliminaries seeded 21st overall, and she would punch her ticket to the finals with a 15th-place finish in the prelims with a time of 56.53 seconds. That not only assured her of new program and HCAC open records in the event less than 24 hours after turning in record-breaking performances in the 100 backstroke during last night's relay event.  

In the finals, Sentel proved she had more in the tank, throwing down another record-setting performance. She touched the wall in 56.27 seconds, breaking both records that she set earlier in the day to move up from the 15th-seed to finish 12th overall. By completing the race without getting disqualified, she became the first individual in program history to earn honorable mention All-America accolade.

Sentel wasn't the only Grizzly competing in the 100 backstroke on Friday morning, as teammate Jessica Halsmer joined her in the pool for her first event of the national championships. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native would touch the wall in 58.85 seconds, finishing 39th overall against a deep and talented field.

Fellow sophomore Ashley Snoke would also take part in her first individual event of the championships, competing in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke. The Plainfield, Ind.-native would close the race with a time of 1:06.52 seconds, earning a 33rd-place finish overall.

Franklin was scheduled to compete in the 800 freestyle relay, but head coach Andy Hendricks elected to scratch the Grizzlies from the event to give them a chance to rest for a busy final day of competition. The Grizzlies enter the final day with seven points accumulated and sit in a tie for 33rd place heading into the final day.

The Grizzlies will be featured in three different races on the final day. Halsmer will compete in the 200 backstroke, Courtnee Coffman will take part in the 100 freestyle and the Grizzlies' 400 free relay squad will look to become the second relay to advance to the finals during the event. Saturday's prelims session will commence at 10:00 a.m. with the finals set for 6:00 p.m.