TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College swimming & diving teams took to the pool on Friday afternoon for the opening day of the inaugural Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships.
Day one saw 10 events completed at the Vigo Aquatics Center. The #19-ranked Franklin women won four out of five events and racked up 206 points to take a lead into the second day of competition. Rose-Hulman is in second with 143 points, Transylvania sits third with 89 points, Manchester is in fourth with 84 points and Anderson sits in fifth with 56 points.
On the men's side, the Grizzlies picked up 132 points and sit in second place heading into day two. Rose-Hulman leads all teams with 240 points while Transylvania (68 points), Manchester (62 points) and Anderson (55 points) round out the lineup.
The final round opened with back-to-back wins for the Grizzly women. First up was the 200 freestyle relay, that saw the quartet of Natalie Hollensead, Ashley Snoke, Jacqueline Richard and Courtnee Coffman take the top spot with a time of 1:38.71.
Freshman Brynna Sentel picked up gold in the first individual event of the day, winning the 500 freestyle with a blistering time of 5:02.63, setting new program and HCAC records in the process.
Coffman picked up the Grizzlies final individual event win of the day, taking first place in the finals of the 50 free with a time of 24.30. The Grizzly women completed a sweep in the relays with a victory in the 400 medley relay. Sentel, Snoke, Cady Mehringer and Richard clocked in with a time of 4:00.13, winning the event by more than seven seconds.
The opening day for the men's squad was highlighted by a pair of second place relay finishes. The Grizzlies 200 freestyle relay squad of Ben Doss, Jordan Cermak, Jacob Weir and Noah Tallman clocked in with a time of 1:30.60, just holding off Transylvania for the runner-up spot.
Tallman and Warren secured points in the finals of the 500 freestyle. Tallman's time of 5:00.20 was good for fifth place while Warren's time of 5:02.74 earned him a sixth-place finish. Doss would add to the Grizzlies' point total with a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 50 free with a time of 22.43.
Both teams will be back in the pool on Saturday for day two of the HCAC Championships. Start time for the day's preliminary round is set for 10:00 a.m.