DECORAH, Iowa – The Franklin College swimming and diving teams maintained their holds on first place overall through day two of the 2018 Liberal Arts Championships.
The Franklin women extended their lead with a big day two, winning four events and setting three new program records. The Grizzlies have 281 points through seven events, and lead second place Luther College by 108 points heading into day three.
Meanwhile, the Franklin men brought home points in all six events, and they head into day three with 257 points and 62-point cushion over second place Nebraska Wesleyan.
The finals began with the first of two relay events in the 200 freestyle relay. After finishing third in the preliminaries, the quartet of Ashley Snoke, Karlee Demsey, Jacqueline Richard and Courtnee Coffman rebounded to take first place with a time of 1:38.26.
Later in the night, the Grizzlies' 400 medley relay squad of Brynna Sentel, Snoke, Richard and Coffman blew past the field with a time of 3:57.23, winning by more than six seconds and setting a new program record.
Sentel picked up her second win of the night in the finals of the 500 freestyle. The Sullivan, Ill.-native shaved six seconds off her preliminary time in the finals, finishing with a new program record time of 5:01.59.
Franklin's final win of Thursday's session came in the finals of the 200 IM, where August Hartzell took the top spot with a time of 2:12.48. Right on her heels were teammates Mackenzie Dwyer (2:13.51) and Cady Mehringer (2:13.90), who finished third and fourth, respectively.
In the finals 50 freestyle, Coffman (24.44), Richard (24.56) and Demsey (25.48) all picked up points for the Grizzlies. Lexi Blackburn took silver on the three-meter board, racking up 393.50 points.
The Franklin men opened up their night with a strong showing in the finals of the 200 freestyle relay. Ben Doss, Jordan Cermak, Sam Hall and James Hone clocked in with a time of 1:24.97, taking second place and finishing .32 seconds behind first place. Later in the night, the Grizzlies' 400 medley relay team of Hall, Jack Heim, Noah Tallman and Hone grabbed a third-place finish with a time of 3:28.89.
Two Grizzlis hit the podium in the finals of the 50 freestyle. Doss earned a second-place finish with a time of 21.38, while Hall grabbed bronze with a time of 21.66. In the finals of the 500 freestyle, Rob Warren (4:43.61) earned a third place finish while Tallman (4:48.44) claimed a sixth place time. Jack Heim picked up points in the finals of the 200 IM with a sixth-place finish and a time of 1:59.97.
The 2018 Liberal Arts Championships continue on Friday (Feb. 16), with 13 more events on tap in Decorah. Prelims are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. while the finals take place at 7:00 p.m.